Promoter Mick Hennessy admits he has a real problem with Tyson Fury; just how does he hold the 6 feet 8 ½ inch heavyweight phenomenon back?
In front of the ITV cameras last weekend Fury despatched German KO artist Marcel Zeller in the third round in only his second pro fight. The vastly experienced Zeller entered the ring with 21 wins from his 24 outings with all but one of those victories coming by knockout.
Hennessy says Fury jumped at the chance to take on Zeller despite having just over two minutes of professional experience himself courtesy of his first round debut win in December. “Tyson proved at the weekend that he’s ready and willing to take on all comers right now", said Hennessy.
“In fact, he'd fight bo th Klitschko brothers in the morning if he could, but we need to be sensible and take it fight by fight. With his ability he can certainly be fast tracked but he’s still only 20 years old, so he won’t be rushed.
“The frightening thing with Tyson is that he’s only going to get better and better and the sky’s the limit really. People said it was madness to match him with a dangerous puncher like Zeller so early on, but I’ve seen Tyson in the gym sparring guys with big reputations and I know what he’s capable of.
“Have a look at any of the other big prospects in world boxing, or indeed the world champions, and see who they fought in their second fight; not too many of them will have a guy like Zeller on their records that early.”
Hennessy is planning on keeping his latest star very busy in 2009. “Tyson will fight again on the undercard of Jonathon Thaxton’s European title defence in Norwich on February 28th," he said.
"Assuming he comes through that injury free, then he will be out again on the Wayne Elcock vs. Matthew Macklin card in Birmingham on March 14th.”
Fury’s looks have been compared to that of legendary matinee idol Errol Flynn while his punching power has reminded some of a young George Foreman. Hennessy is in no doubt that Fury is the complete package and can be become the saviour of the much maligned heavyweight division.