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Tyson Fury taunts rivals ahead of title clash with John McDermott

PUBLISHED: 16:36 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 05 October 2010

Undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury has raised the stakes ahead of his English title showdown after launching some verbal shots at his British rivals

By LEN WHALEY

Undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury has raised the stakes ahead of his English title showdown with John McDermott next month after launching some verbal shots at the rest of his British rivals.

Fury has predicted an early night for 'Big Bad John' when the pair meet at Brentwood Leisure Centre on September 11.

The 6 foot 9 inch heavyweight has won all seven pro fights with each victory coming inside the distance and he insists he will maintain that perfect streak against McDermott.

Fury will challenge for McDermott's belt after promoter Frank Maloney submitted the winning purse bid to stage the fight - believed to be a record for an English title fight.

But Hennessy Sports-promoted Fury says he has no problems fighting in his opponent's back yard on a rival promotion.

"It will make a nice change for Frank Maloney to finally have a decent heavyweight on one of his shows," he blasted.

And the Manchester giant followed up that broadside with a withering attack on Maloney's stable heavyweights - including former Repton amateur Larry Olubamiwo and Peacock Gym-trained Tom Dallas, who appears in a supporting bout on the Brentwood bill.

Fury said: "I've watched some of the big lumps he's had on his shows recently and it's like watching Dumbo on Ice. They can barely stand upright, let alone throw punches.

"To be fair to John McDermott, he's the best of a bad lot with Maloney's heavyweights and thankfully for him he can fight a lot better than he looks."

Fury's attack will act as a source of motivation for English title rival McDermott, but the Manchester ace is adamant that he has the talent to back up his talk.

"That's the difference between me and a lot of these other guys. I might talk the talk but I walk the walk as well and I'll prove that against McDermott," he said.

"Maloney believes that McDermott can beat me, but I think that just proves what I said before, what Maloney knows about heavyweights could be tattooed on the back of my big toe.

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