Tyson Fury aims to create heavyweight headlines against Vinny Maddalone
TYSON Fury wants fight fans to talk about the domestic heavyweight scene for all the right reasons.
British boxing reached a new nadir when bitter rivals David Haye and Derek Chisora brought shame on the noble art when brawling at a press conference following the latter's defeat to Vitali Klitschko in February.
The pair courted further controversy when agreeing to fight one another at Upton Park on July 14 – despite neither being licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Haye and Chisora exchanged insults over a wire fence during a press conference to promote the fight at West Ham's ground in east London last month, bringing boxing into further disrepute.
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But 23-year-old Mancunian Tyson, unbeaten in 18 fights and destined for a big future, represents the acceptable face of British heavyweight boxing and is determined to prove it by beating Vinny Maddalone in style at The Hand Arena in Clevedon tonight.
The main event on the Hennessey Sports/Sanigar Events promotion, the 12-round clash will see the winner crowned the new WBO Inter-Continental champion.
And Fury wants a full-house crowd of 2,500 and a Channel 5 TV audience of hundreds of thousands to talk about the fight for all the right reasons.
He told The Post: "I want people to enjoy the fight and say what a great fight it was when they talk about it afterwards.
"It is not my place to talk about other boxers and the things they do, but I know we all have a responsibility to do the right things.
"When people switch on their TV sets on Saturday night, they will see that I'm a nice guy who does not do these bad things."
Co-promoter Mick Hennessey believes Fury is destined for great things and represents the future of British boxing.
He said: "I honestly believe we have the best heavyweight prospect in world boxing by a long shot.
"People have to remember that, at this moment in time, Tyson is still only 23. His achievements to date have been incredible.
"His trainer, Peter Fury, has done a tremendous job and Tyson is in the shape of his life.
"He is coming on in leaps and bounds and is improving in every aspect – footwork, speed, power and stamina.
"Tyson is a work in progress and there are still things he needs to learn.
"But he is heading in the right direction and is definitely capable of getting to the very top."
Hennessey has teamed up with Bristol promoter Chris Sanigar to bring big-time boxing back to the region for the first time since Audley Harrison fought at the Whitchurch Sports Centre in 2004.
And he is keen for their association to extend beyond tonight's 10-fight card.
"I've seen the enthusiasm there is for professional boxing in Bristol and I see this arrangement as the start of something," added Hennessey.
"We all know there is a problem with the lack of suitable indoor venues in Bristol, but the Hand Arena is perfect. In fact, we could probably have sold out a venue twice the size.
"I've known Chris for a long time now and I know he is keen to build on this show."