Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury is hot on the trail of English Champion “Big Bad” John McDermott after the British Boxing Board of Control ordered that the bout must take place before the end of November.
Purse bids for the bout have been ordered for July 8th and Fury says he can’t wait to get his hands on McDermott. The 6 foot 9 inch Manchester heavyweight has won all 6 of his pro fights since turning pro last December and maintained a 100% KO ratio on the process.
His next outing comes at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on July 18th when he appears on the undercard of the Danny McIntosh – Nathan Cleverly British Light Heavyweight title fight.
The Hennessy Sports event is live on ITV4 and Fury hopes a win at the York Hall will secure a crack at McDermott’s English title. “I’ve been looking for John McDermott for a while now,” revealed Fury.
“He’s been offered the fight before but turned it down but now that the fights been ordered by the Board he surely can’t chicken out again. They call him ‘Big, Bad, John’ and that certainly sums him up.
"He’s a big lump and he’s not very good but he has that English title and he’s pushed Danny Williams close on a couple of occasions lately for the British title. I think it’s a natural eliminator for the British title so hopefully the Board will make it for a final eliminator as well as the English title.”
Meanwhile Fury has laughed off claims from Derek “Del Boy” Chisora that he “wouldn’t get out bed” for the kind of money he was being offered to fight Fury. The Finchley boxer is currently serving a suspension from the sport for biting opponent Paul Butlin in his last outing and Fury says he’s not being missed.
“It’s not the first time his big mouth has got him into trouble,” said Fury. “My advice to Derek would be to stay in bed because he’ll be a lot safer there. I don’t think he’d fight me for all the money in the world. He was at my last fight with Scott Belshaw and he got to see me up close and personal and you could tell he doesn’t fancy it. I’m told that he couldn’t take Belshaw’s body punches in sparring so how would he cope with mine?”
A clash of unbeaten fighters tops the bill at the York Hall on July 18th with Danny McIntosh and Nathan Cleverly squaring off for the British Light Heavyweight title. The undercard features former British and European Champion Jon Thaxton alongside Fury and Ireland’s European Union Lightweight Champion Andy Murray.
Hot prospects Steve O’Meara, Dwayne Lewis, Lee Purdy, Del Rogers and Bobby Ward also feature on an action packed night of championship boxing. Tickets (£35 Unreserved and £70 Ringside) are available from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 4402 or via www.ticketline.co.uk.