FURY READY FOR BELSHAW TEST

Sporting Life18th May, 2009

Tyson Fury is out to make a statement of intent at the Watford Colosseum this Saturday when he takes to the ring for his first scheduled eight-round contest.

The undefeated heavyweight sensation has stopped all five of his professional opponents to date and he's hoping that Scott Belshaw will become victim number six.

Fury appears on the undercard of the Darren Barker/Darren McDermott Commonwealth middleweight title clash.

Northern Ireland's Belshaw had been due to fight in Belfast at the weekend but his contest fell through at the last minute - leaving him free to face Fury.

"My promoter's offered Belshaw the fight and all his demands have been met so lets hope he doesn't chicken out now," said Fury.

"His team have said that he's up for it and he's got everything he asked for so the only thing I need to know now is that he's going to turn up on Saturday night."

Belshaw, a five-time Irish amateur champion, has just one defeat (later avenged) on his 11-fight pro record with seven of his 10 wins coming inside the distance. The 6 foot 7 inch, 23-year-old has been hailed as the second coming of George Foreman by promoter Frank Maloney, but Fury isn't taking that prediction too seriously.

"I don't expect to be buying a Scott Belshaw grill any time soon but I can promise him a roasting on Saturday night. Some people seem to think he's a top prospect but we'll find out who the real deal is at the weekend.

"I'm up for fighting any of these other so-called prospects because there's no point in me going around saying I'm the best young heavyweight out there unless I'm willing to back it up.

"I'll be ready to make a move on the British or Commonwealth titles this year and what I saw in Belfast on Saturday night with Sam Sexton taking the Commonwealth title from Martin Rogan backs that up. I offered to take on Sexton in his back yard in just my third pro fight but he didn't want to know so he's already running scared."

Fury is just back from a trip to Germany where he got in some quality sparring ahead of this weekend's contest.

"I've been finding it hard to get sparring in the UK let alone opponents so it was good to travel over to Germany where most of the top guys are based these days.

"It was great to get some quality sparring under my belt over there and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and hopefully it will show in my performance on Saturday."

-->