Vinny Maddalone plans on making lots of new fight fans at Clevedon show
BRASH New Yorker Vinny Maddalone has warned Bristol fight fans not to blink when he bids to become the first man to defeat rising British heavyweight star Tyson Fury at Clevedon's Hand Arena next month.
The self-styled 'Italian Stallion' will go head to head with unbeaten Irish champion Fury in a 12-round international contest promoted by Hennessey Sports, in association with Sanigar Events and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, on Saturday, July 7.
And Maddalone, who boasts 35 wins out of 43 fights, with 26 inside the distance, is promising fireworks.
"The Brits may be rooting for Fury to begin with, but I guarantee they will be cheering for me by the end of the night," said Maddalone, who has previously fought elite heavyweights Evander Holyfield, Tomasz Adamek, Jean Marc Mormeck and Denis Boytsov. "This is my first time in the UK and I'm really looking forward to the fight. My advice to the fans is 'don't blink'.
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"I promise to give everything I've got – the Brits are going to experience one hell of a fight and I plan on making lots of new fans."
American fight correspondent Jack Hirsch, writing in Boxing News, recently described Maddalone as one of the most exciting boxers on the planet.
He wrote: "Perhaps the pound-for-pound lists have it all wrong. Instead of rating the best fighters, maybe the public would be better served if they listed the most exciting. Vinny Maddalone would top that heap."
Fury, who is preparing at his training camp in the Belgian town of Essen, anticipates a thrilling contest.
He said of Maddalone: "He's a good opponent, a real tough guy, who leaves nothing in the changing room. He certainly comes to fight and I'll need to be at my best to beat him.
"Training has gone well and I'm in the best shape of my life and looking forward to some good rounds."
Maddalone added: "I respect Tyson Fury, hats off because he shows lots of balls. I'm really happy for this opportunity."
Star Boxing president Michael Boroa described Maddalone as a "real life Rocky Balboa" and said: "British fight fans are in for a treat.
"Vinny is like the fictional 'Rocky' and has the heart of a lion. I congratulate Hennessy Sports and Channel 5 for giving the fans in Britain a fight that promises to be a war."
Fury versus Maddalone will guarantee a full-house crowd of 2,500, according to event organiser Chris Sanigar.
Speaking from his Bristol Boxing Gym headquarters in St Agnes, Sanigar said: "We have already sold more than 1,500 tickets and they are going fast. If you take away those tickets that are out with the boxers themselves, we only have about 400 left to sell."
Bristol's Lee Haskins is proving a major attraction to Bristolians, who will turn out in big numbers to see the 29-year-old take on Darlington's Stuart Hall for the vacant European bantamweight title.
Haskins and Fury will be supported by middleweight sensation Chris Eubank Jnr, who makes his fifth outing in the paid ranks at the Hand Arena.
The undercard will also feature former British light welterweight champion Lenny Daws against Bridgwater's Dean Mills and Tyson's cousin, Phill Fury.
Bristol-based Michael Graydon is set to announce his ring return after an absence of six years, while unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Ricky Pow boxes in England for the first time, having won all eight of his previous fights in Spain.
Tickets starting from £30 can be purchased from the Hennessy Sports box office on 01925 755 222, via Ticketline on 0844 888 4402, Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2500 or from Sanigar Events on 0117 949 6699.