Verbals ahead of the big fight

Undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury is looking forward to his English title showdown with John McDermott on September 11 at Brentwood, but alongside his predictions of an early night for Big Bad John he also fired some verbal shots at heavyweights in gene

Undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury is looking forward to his English title showdown with John McDermott on September 11 at Brentwood, but alongside his predictions of an early night for "Big Bad John" he also fired some verbal shots at heavyweights in general.

The six-foot-nine-inch heavyweight has won all seven of his pro fights, with all the wins coming inside the distance, and he's determined to maintain that perfect streak against McDermott.

Fury will challenge for McDermott's belt after promoter Frank Maloney submitted the winning purse bid to stage the fight - believed to be a record for an English title fight.

The Hennessy Sports-promoted Fury says he has no problems fighting in his opponent's back yard on a rival promotion: "It will make a nice change for Frank Maloney to finally have a decent heavyweight on one of his shows," he said.


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The Manchester giant shows scant regard for the promoters' own heavyweights - including former Repton amateur puncher Larry Olubamiwo and Peacock Gym-trained Tom Dallas, who aims to continue an undefeated run when he appears in supporting bout action on the Brentwood bill.

Fury said: "I've watched some of the big lumps he's had on his shows recently and it's like watching Dumbo on ice, they can barely stand upright, let alone throw punches.

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"To be fair to John McDermott, he's the best of a bad lot with Maloney's heavyweights and thankfully for him he can fight a lot better than he looks."

Promoter Maloney may be around eighteen inches shorter than the towering Fury, but he has not been slow to hit back at the undefeated challenger, criticising his 'big mouth'.

The fighter says he's ready, willing and able to back up his big talk. "That's the difference between me and a lot of these other guys. I might talk the talk, but I walk the walk as well, and I'll prove that against McDermott.

"Maloney believes that McDermott can beat me, but I think that just proves what I said before, what Maloney knows about heavyweights could be tattooed on the back of my big toe."

It's all heavyweight hype building up for the showdown - let's hope the battle matches the ballyhoo.

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