Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Fury trashes heavyweight division
Tyson Fury, who makes his U.S. debut against Steve Cunningham on NBC on April 20, has a personality as big as his 6-foot-9 body, and he's never at a loss for brash words. "As Jesus Christ is my savior, I am the savior of the heavyweight divison," he says.
Tyson Fury, a 6-foot-9 heavyweight from Manchester, England, is not biting his tongue in advance of making his American debut against former two-time IBF cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham, of Philadelphia, on April 20 in The Theater at New York's Madison Square Garden.
In an event promoted by Main Events, Fury-Cunningham will be televised on NBC's Fight Night at 4 p.m. ET.
Promoted by Mick Hennessy, CEO of Hennessy Sports, Fury (20-0, 14 knockouts) has weighed as much as 270 pounds for a bout and is coming off December's unanimous decision over American former title challenger Kevin Johnson.
Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs), who stands 6-foot-3, will be fighting as a heavyweight for only the third consecutive time. He weighed a career-high 207 pounds for his debut in the division -- a unanimous decision over Jason Gavern last September.
Cunningham is coming off December's disputed split-decision loss to former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champ Tomasz Adamek in a rematch of his split-decision loss in a terrific cruiserweight bout in December of 2008.
Fury was on fire during a New York press conference on Thursday, where he not only exchanged vicious barbs with Cunningham, but also, the American's trainer, Naazim Richardson.
During an interview with RingTV.com on Friday, Fury assessed himself as well as other top fighters within the division:
RING, IBF, WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs): "I mean, he's a bitch. I mean that, and that's exactly what I'm saying. Wladimir Klitschko does not want to fight back, so that, to me, is a bitch.
WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs): "Vitali Klitschko's a pensioner. He's an old man, and I've got no interest in fighting pensioners. At 42 years old, you're a pensioner and not a heavyweight boxer.
"You know, Banks is another one of those guys who likes to maneuver himself in and out for easy fight. No match for Tyson Fury."
"You know, this fight is going to last only as long as it takes me to hit him. That's it. As soon as I land on him, he's gone. That's 100 percent true."
"He fought Johnathon Banks, and, let's face it, ain't one of the best heavyweights in the division or the world. Seth Mitchell got knocked out in two rounds. He's no match for Tyson Fury."
Former titleholder David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs): "David Haye? Well, I called Wladimir Klitschko a bitch, and, well, at least now, he's a bitch that beat David Haye.
"What can I say more about David Haye than that he hasn't already humiliated himself, you know? The guy goes into a world heavyweight title fight saying to everyone that he's going to do this, and he's going to do that?
"And that he's gonna knock out Klitschko. But then, he goes in there and he runs away. Well, that's worse than being a bitch, isn't it? I don't know what you'd call that. A pathetic loser."
Robert Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs): "A big, stiff European. Useless."
David Price (15-1, 13 KOs): "Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. You know, he lost to a pensioner (Tony Thompson). He lost to an old fellow. How do you let an old man who is out of shape land a punch on the head.
Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KOs): "Again, another big guy, good puncher. But he finishes in third place [Bronze medal in the Olympics] and he's proud of it. He calls himself the Bronze Bomber.
Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs): "I have one thing to say: I'm big, I'm strong, I'm fast, tall, I've got good feet. I'm a very, very, very good thinker, and I'm an adapter. I can adapt to any style that you throw at me. I have a million tools in my box to use. Not just a one- or two- style guy who works just off the jab.
"I'm not just someone who boxes orthodox. I can box orthodox, upside down, inside out, slip and counter. I'm slippery. I can do whatever you want to do. I'm comfortable moving forward or backward or sideways, so this is why I'm the full package. As Jesus Christ is my savior, I am the savior of the heavyweight division.
I'm here, and I'm going to prove it. It's redemption time for the heavyweights. I'm bringing it back to the glory days, back to the days when everybody wanted to be the heavyweight champion of the world. Nobody wants to be the heavyweight champion of the world now because nobody even cares.
"We need to bring the excitement back to the heavyweight division and make the heavyweight championship of the world the No. 1 goal in sports as it used to be. That's where I come into things and that's where I transcend boxing. The biggest thing of all is that I can talk."
Video by Ryan Songalia
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