Faultless Fury steals show

Hennessy Sports26th May, 2009

Hennessy Sports delivered another high quality bill for the ITV boxing faithful in Watford on Saturday night, where Darren Barker defended his Commonwealth middleweight title in fine style by stopping Darren McDermott.

However once again it was heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury who stole the show as he bombed out the useful Scott Belshaw in less than four minutes.

Pre-fight many in the trade agreed it was something of a calculated risk putting Fury in with Belshaw, who had lost just once in 11 outings as a pro and before that was a decorated amateur, winning a bagful of prestigious Irish titles. Furthermore, for the first time in his pro career Fury would be boxing someone with similar physical attributes in the 6'7, 240lb 23-year-old from Lisburn.

For these reasons some people, myself included, felt that Fury wouldn't have things all his own way in Watford.

How wrong we were.

I always fancied Fury to win the fight but the way he dominated Belshaw and the repertoire of punches his displayed in those four minutes was just exceptional. We knew Fury moved well for a big man and that he was fast.

However we didn't know his left hand was quite so cultured. The jabs and lefts to the body he unleashed were world class and Belshaw simply had no answers. Fury's power also seems to be getting better. He was throwing a lot of arm punches on debt against Bela Gyongyosi last year but he is hitting with so much more authority now and mixing his shots up well.

So what did his latest win prove? Well for starters it made a mockery of suggestions that he may have been about to find his level in Belshaw.

It also proved, to me anyway, that even after just half a dozen fights he is ready for a British title fight.

When I spoke with him last month and asked him how soon he'd like a shot at the British belt, his reply was, like the left hooks his was digging into Belshaw's ribs on Saturday night, short and to the point.

"If I could fight for it in the morning I would. And I mean that. Fighters should fight and I don't agree with the way some are so protected."

His attitude to business is so refreshing in the modern era and with David Haye having now moved onto the world stage Tyson looks just the man to inject some life into what has become a stagnant, moribund domestic heavyweight scene.

There are those within the game who are not overly fond of Fury's bold press statements and his calling out of established domestic names. However few can deny that this is a rare, precious talent and if he can back it up in the ring what's wrong with him talking the talk outside of it? It gives him and the sport some much needed exposure in an era where tabloid coverage of the noble art is at an all-time low. If he is backing up his boasts there is nothing wrong with Fury expressing his opinion and telling people how good he is. For as Benjamin Franklin was oft fond of saying 'What's a sun dial in the shade?'

Watching him in full flow at the weekend it was hard to believe that he has only been on this earth for one score year. Barry McGuigan said in his post-fight comments that Fury still needs to build up his experience. But I am of the opinion that if you are good enough, you are old enough.

Such was his dominance against Belshaw that it's going to be interesting where promoter Mick Hennessy looks next for his charge. Going back to feasting on rotund, eastern European journeymen would clearly be regarded as a step backwards.

A match against Michael Sprott or John McDermott should help him in his quest for experience but I don't see why Team Fury don't just go right after Danny Williams?