THAT WILL TWO NICELY

Daily Star Kevin Francis6th July, 2009

Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury has double vision - he wants to have both the English AND Irish title belts wrapped around his waist.

The undefeated Manchester giant has been nominated by the British Boxing Board of Control as the ­mandatory challenger for John ­McDermott's English heavyweight title with the bout ordered to take place by the end of November.

However, Fury, 21, has strong Irish roots and is also eligible for their title. He said: "It would be great to be the English and Irish heavyweight champ at the same time.

"That would be pretty unique and I'm very proud of my Irish roots."

He explained the Irish connection by saying: "My dad was born in Tuam in County Galway and my grandmother on my mum's side was a Tipperary woman - so it would be great to fight for the Irish title."

Fury returns to the ring at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on July 18 when he bids to stretch his perfect record to seven straight wins.

The bout is on the undercard of the Danny McIntosh versus Nathan Cleverly British light-heavyweight title fight with the Hennessy Sports event live on ITV4.

Last time out, Fury scored a ­devastating second-round KO win over Belfast prospect Scott Belshaw but, much to Fury's disappointment, the Irish title was not on the line.

He said: "I was hoping that the Belshaw fight could have been for the Irish title because I thought it was worthy of it.

"But you need to have been in a scheduled eight-rounder to fight for the Irish belt and the Belshaw fight was my first."

The Irish heavyweight title has been inactive since Mike Tyson ­conqueror Kevin McBride won it in 1997 and Fury wants to bring it back to life again.

The title was first won in 1890 by Galway's Peter Maher who then went on to land a world title.

And Fury believes he can follow in Maher's footsteps almost 120 years later. He said: "I want to win as many titles as I can in this game. I'd love to start out with the Irish and English titles and then move on to British, Commonwealth and European titles before going on to the world scene."

As usual, Fury is not shy in naming some possible Irish title opponents.

He said: "Declan Timlin and ­Coleman Barrett are both unbeaten and they're both from Galway.

"But, like everyone else, I don't think they want to know about it."

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