Maloney Furious At Tyson Fury; 50,000 Wager On Fury?

BRAGGING rights in the travelling community will be at stake when John McDermott risks his English heavyweight crown against Tyson Fury. The feuding fighters meet in the grudge fight of 2009 at Brentwood Centre on Friday with the venue close to a 2000 sell-out. Manchester's Fury (7-0) hails from a famous bare-knuckle fighting gypsy family, while McDermott who lost his last two fights in British championship wars against Danny Williams also comes from a travelling background. Promoter Frank Maloney: "I am told there have been some massive bets among different factions in the travelling community..

"That doesn't surprise me because travellers are pretty fearless when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is.

"There is even a suggestion that someone in Essex has taken a 50,000 bet on Fury winning the fight which is nuts.

"There is going to be so much pride at stake between the fighters and fans that the atmosphere will be like a bear-pit and it makes for a wildly exciting match-up.

"It is a fascinating fight where McDermott is in the last chance saloon and Fury has to live up to his boasts. He'll look daft if he doesn't."

Essex boxer McDermott (25-5) has been upset at criticism over his 18 stone frame, but insists Fury will be silenced in their big fight which is televised live by Sky Sports.

McDermott who wants a third clash with Williams if he defeats Fury says: "People don't realise I can box. I have a good left hand and my boxing is one of my best attributes.

"Look at Martin Rogan. He has a fantastic body, but I am not born like that. I run at a good pace for an hour some mornings and keep up with boxers of 11 stone. I train hard three times a day."
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Maloney Furious At Tyson Fury

UNFORTUNATELY Monday's (Sept 7) John McDermott-Tyson Fury press conference has had to be cancelled. This is because Fury has refused to attend the head-to-head despite the efforts of promoter Frank Maloney. Maloney who promotes the fight at Brentwood Centre on Fri (Sept 4) said: "I am very disappointed with the attitude of Fury and his promoter Mick Hennessy and I have lodged a complaint with the British Boxing Board of Control. "I paid a record purse for an English heavyweight title fight to stage the fight and expect co-operation with media activities.

"It is the only conference Tyson has been asked to attend to promote the fight so there has not been excessive press demands from me.

"I have offered to fly Tyson and his trainer down from Manchester on Monday morning, put a driver at his disposal and even offered use of a gym if he wanted to train before flying him back home."

"We're in an era where promoters need to keep boxing in the mainstream media, but it is impossible with this attitude.

"If Hennessy Sports had won the purse bids I can assure you that McDermott would have attended press conferences."

Article posted on 07.09.2009

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