Sporting Life20th May, 2009

Scott Belshaw is planning to gatecrash the heavyweight title picture by ruining Tyson Fury's perfect professional record in their "battle of the big prospects" at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday night.

Both men's stats stack up well ahead of the weekend showdown, which is a special attraction on the undercard of the Darren Barker/Darren McDermott Commonwealth middleweight title clash.

The pair are 'big' prospects in every sense of the word. Fury is an imposing 6ft 9in while Belshaw is just two inches shorter. Their combined weight tips the scales at just under 500lbs while their records are just as impressive.

Fury is a former ABA champion and world junior medallist while Belshaw holds five Irish amateur titles. Their professional records combined have seen them win all but one of their 16 contests with a dozen knockout wins between them.

While it may be hard to split the pair on paper, Belshaw believes he will be the last man standing on Saturday night. The Lisburn puncher has scored a string of devastating highlight reel KOs and he believes his superior power will be enough to end Fury's unbeaten run.

"I know I've got the power to knock guys out," said the 23-year-old.

"My record proves that and I'm confident that I can do that to anyone I get in the ring with. I have the dynamite in my fists but I don't think he has and I believe that will be the difference."

Fury, meanwhile, believes a win on Saturday will take him another step closer to British and Commonwealth title fights but Belshaw isn't paying any attention to his opponent's plans.

"Fury has a bit of a gob on him and he likes to talk but none of that makes any difference when you get in the ring. I'm not one for making predictions, I'll let my fists do all my talking."

Belshaw says the opportunity to fight Fury couldn't have been more perfectly timed, claiming: "I'm really fired up for this. I was due to fight in Belfast last weekend and I had worked so hard for that one so when it fell through I was gutted. Thankfully this opportunity came out of the blue and I jumped at it. I believe this is destiny for me and it's my time.

"I've been training very hard since Christmas and it's a massive chance for me. Tyson is the one with all the hype, everyone is talking about him and he's calling everybody out but I'm the first person to step up to the plate and I'm very confident.

"We sparred together a couple of years ago and it was a good, tough spar. I felt I was stronger in there and I know I've improved a lot since then although I'm sure he has as well."

Belshaw has just one defeat on his pro record (later avenged) and is now back at home in Northern Ireland having relocated to London for a brief period last year.

"Moving to London just didn't work out for me," he admitted.

"I'm a lot happier and more settled back at home and I'm around people I trust and I think that will show in my boxing on Saturday night."