UK Boxing: Fury-“Del Boy Chisora's a plonker; ”Weight-ing game nearly over for Barker, McDermott and Fury

Unbeaten heavyweight sensation, Tyson Fury is hoping that a win over Scott Belshaw this weekend will leave him just one step away from a shot at the British title. Fury takes on Belshaw at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday night in a “Battle of the Big Prospects". The scheduled 8 round bout is part of the undercard to the Darren Barker – Darren McDermott Commonwealth Middleweight title fight with the Hennessy Sports event live on ITV4’s Big Fight Live from 7.30pm. Fury is hopeful that a win over Belshaw will lead to a final eliminator for Danny Williams British Heavyweight title. “I’ve only been a pro since last December and this is just my sixth fight but I believe that by taking on somebody like Belshaw I’ll prove I’m almost ready for a British title fight..”

There had been talk that Williams might defend his title against Derek Chisora next month but with that fight not happening Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren has admitted that, “Derek will have to get himself into a mandatory position to fight for the title.”

Fury believes that a win over Belshaw should convince the British Boxing Board of Control to pair him with Chisora in what looks like a natural final eliminator for the British title.

“Despite all Derek Chisora’s talk it looks like his British title fight with Danny Williams isn’t happening after all. That doesn’t surprise me, people claim that I’m a mouthpiece but at least I back up my talk. If you ask me Chisora is a genuine mouthpiece, he calls himself ‘Del Boy’ and he’s a 24 carat plonker who’s about as useful as a three wheel van.

“I watched him on Steve Bunce’s show last week sitting in a TV studio wearing dark sunglasses and talking like he was the greatest fighter to walk the planet. Well whatever planet he’s on he needs to get back to the real world because the reality is he hasn’t done anything to deserve a British title fight.

“He’s been a pro for well over two years now and he’s still treading water. In his last fight he laboured to a points win over Daniel Peret, a guy I stopped in two rounds in my third pro fight and this weekend he’s going over old ground by fighting Paul Butlin a guy he already outpointed in his fourth fight.

“How is that supposed to qualify him for a British title fight? He seems to think all you need to do is put on some sunglasses and you’ve earned your right to a British title challenge but he’s not showing any respect for the Lonsdale belt. Why doesn’t he earn the right by taking me on in a final eliminator?”

While Fury is eyeing a showdown with Chisora he says he’s not taking his eye off the task at hand this weekend. “I’ve got to give credit to Scott Belshaw for stepping up to the plate and fighting me. All these other British heavyweights seem to be on the run but Belshaw hasn’t bottled it. He has ambitions of his own and I’m sure he’ll come to fight.

“I heard from very good sources in the gym that Belshaw had Del Boy rolling around on the canvas after he dropped him with body shots in a sparring session a while back. That shows you what Belshaw’s capable of but I know what I’m capable of as well and that’s the bad news for Belshaw.”

Fury V Belshaw is part of an excellent supporting cast to the main event at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday night with Darren Barker defending his Commonwealth Middleweight title against Darren McDermott.

In the chief support bout Matthew Thirwall and George Hillyard will battle it out in what promises to be a thrilling ten round Middleweight clash while hot prospects Bradley Evans, Steve O’Meara, Steve Barnes also feature alongside the pro debut of Tyson Fury’s cousin, Phill Fury. Tickets are available from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 4402 or via

Weight-ing game nearly over for Barker, McDermott, Fury and Belshaw

It will be a tale of the two Darren’s alongside British boxing’s “biggest” prospects tomorrow (Friday, May 22nd) at the weigh in for this Saturday’s Hennessy Sports event at the Watford Colosseum.

Commonwealth Middleweight Champ, “Dazzling” Darren Barker will step on the scales at the Park Inn Hotel, Watford at 1pm along with challenger Darren McDermott ahead of their eagerly awaited title clash in a fight that also doubles as a final eliminator for the British title.

The scales will also be put to the test when heavyweight giants Tyson Fury and Scott Belshaw weigh in for their scheduled 8 round bout on the card.

With an expected combined weight of almost 500 pounds 6 foot 9 inch Fury and 6 foot 7 inch Belshaw are sure to create a stir when they step on the scales.

Fury, a former ABA super Heavyweight champ and World Junior medallist has so far racked up five straight wins in the pro ranks with all five victories coming inside the distance. Belshaw, a five time Irish amateur champ also has impressive pro credentials with just one defeat (later avenged) from his eleven pro fights with seven early wins.

Also weighing in on Friday will be Matthew Thirlwall and George Hillyard who will battle it out in what promises to be a thrilling ten round Middleweight clash while Steve Barnes and opponent Nick Seager will also step on the scales.

Hot prospects Bradley Evans, Steve O’Meara will also feature on Saturday night alongside the pro debut of Tyson Fury’s cousin, Phill Fury.

Saturday night’s action will be live on ITV4’s Big Fight Live from 7.30pm on what promises to be an explosive night for fight fans.

Tickets are available from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 4402 or via

Article posted on 20.05.2009

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