8th July 2012
Fury, 23, is the new terrestrial tv boxing star with his fights now headlining Channel 5’s venture into prizefighting. And the 6′ 9″ undefeated former British and commonwealth champion is relishing the spot-light and looking in good shape and a good frame of mind as he looks to chase a world title shot next year against Wladimir Klitschko.
Now rated in the top 10 in the world Fury easily improved his 19-fight unbeaten record with a classy fifth-round technical knockout after the referee stepped in to stop the fight after Fury subjected Maddalone to a sustained painfull beating.
Maddalone was too brave for his own good at times and took some big shots without going down. He tried his best to t-off his big right hand on Fury’s chin, but he was too slow and Fury’s movement and speed of shot had him dazzled and By the 5th he was spent and with blood streaming down the veteran American’s face, the referee did the right thing and stepped in to end this one sided beating.
Before the stoppage even Fury himself felt Maddalone had took enough and on a couple of occasion signalled himself to the referee to step in. He eventually did to bring an end to the fight. “I knew it was a matter of time. I actually called the referee over, he was taking some big shots,” Fury said afterwards.
“I’m still undefeated. I would like to say I’m ready for anyone in the world. Klitschkos: bring them on. Americans: bring them on. “Bring on Tomasz Adamek. He’s too small for me and I see an early win for me.” Promoter Mick Hennessy played down any thoughts of a Klitschko fight in the near future, before hinting Pole Adamek could be next for his man.
“It (a world title fight) is getting closer. We’re still one fight at a time. He’s 23. To pull off a result like that tonight was unbelievable. That was a masterclass,” he said. “I’m liking Adamek, either here or in the US.
Bristol’s Lee Haskins won the vacant European bantamweight title with a good hard fought win over former British champion Stuart Hall in an interesting match-up that produced a good entertaining fight.
Chris Eubank Jr, had the toughest night of his fledgling professional career to date when he was pushed all the way by the heavily tattooed Birmingham tough guy Terry Carruthers.
Ricky Dennis Pow beat Jody Meikle on points over 6 rounds
Michael Ramabelesta beat Ashley Lane on points over 6 rounds
Phill Fury beat Andrew Patterson on points over 6 rounds
Tauka Mucha beat Liam Griffiths on points over 4 rounds