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UK Boxing: Maloney Lashes Out At Fury; McDermott-Fury now at the Brentwood Centre

FRANK MALONEY has lashed out at rent-a-quote motormouth Tyson Fury. FTM promoted John McDermott defends his English heavyweight title against the unbeaten pretender at the Brentwood Centre on Friday September 11. Fury, unbeaten in seven fights has criticised the quality of heavyweight boxing on Maloney bills, but the promoter reckons the mouthy Mancunian must be suffering from amnesia. Maloney said: "Perhaps Fury had a hard spar that day when he made those comments, and I'll forgive him if he did. "I would say my track record with heavyweights is better than anybody in British boxing. "My work with Lennox Lewis is there for all to see and I helped discover Nikolai Valuev and John Ruiz - one great world champion and two decent ones..

"They aren't bad fighters to have on your bills. Let's be honest Fury wouldn't have been allowed in the same city as Lennox, let alone ring!

"Domestically I got Julius Francis paydays, Fury can only dream of. I wonder if Tyson's connections will do the same."

And Maloney reckons Fury should be more worried about his own promoter, Mick Hennessy than what quality he has served up.

Maloney added: "Fury should worry for the future, because it is rumoured Mick will lose his TV deal at the end of the year.

"And if Mick had such belief in him, why did he get blown out of the water by me in the purse bids for this fight?

"Fury and Mick are quick to tell the world he is the greatest heavyweight hope in the world, but he obviously can't be that valued because he is the away fighter in his first title fight."

"Before Tyson starts telling everyone he is the best, he wants to prove he is the top heavyweight in the north-west.

"Didn't David Price school him as an amateur or am I suffering from amnesia?"

McDermott (25-5) won the English crown with a sensational two round blast out of Pele Reid in April 2008 and will be making his first defence

In the chief support a battle of little big men sees St Helens Gary Davies (9-2-1) risks his British bantamweight title against Ian Napa (18-7).

Tickets for the show priced 90 (ringside) and 35 (body of the hall) are available from www.frankmaloney.com and 0871 226 1508. There is a discount for those who buy from the web.


BIG JOHN'S AT HOME

JOHN McDERMOTT will now defend his English heavyweight title against unbeaten hope Tyson Fury at the Brentwood Centre on Friday September 11.

The clash of the titans had been due to take place at Crystal Palace, but logistical problems has meant a venue switch much to the delight of Horndon's McDermott

'Big John' will now be scrapping against his Mancunian challenger just a few miles from his home and is banking on large support.

Promoter Manager Frank Maloney said: "It was nuisance having to make the venue change, but I'll be delighted if it helps swing the fight John's way.

"John knows that if he loses this one there will be little chance of him ever winning the British title let alone getting another challenge."

FTM blew their rivals away to win purse bids for McDermott's fight against Fury who has won all seven professional contests by KO.

McDermott (25-5) won the English crown with a sensational two round blast out of Pele Reid in April 2008 and will be making his first defence

The big Essex man, 29, has been controversially outpointed in his last two fights in British title showdowns against Danny Williams, and knows defeat could spell retirement

Fury, 21, has received mass attention since turning professional, but Maloney dismisses his calibre of opponents so far.

He added: "They have been ordinary and the one name he did beat, Scott Belshaw is someone I released from his contract because he was so disappointing."

In the chief support a battle of little big men sees St Helens Gary Davies risk his British bantamweight title against Ian Napa.

Hard hitting Davies (9-2-1) had been due to defend against when top class Londoner Ian Napa (18-7) last month, but the show was scrapped.

But he vows to be ready when he finally comes face to face with the former European champion adding: "If I beat him it proves I am the number one in Britain."

Tickets for the show priced 90 (ringside) and 35 (body of the hall) are available from www.frankmaloney.com and 0871 226 1508. There is a discount for those who buy from the web.

Article posted on 10.08.2009



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