“You can’t put the Klitschkos in the same category as me,” proclaimed unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs) from his Canadian training camp at Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec. “Nobody outside of the Ukraine and Germany care anything about them. They fought a few times in America. Wladimir fought a real stinker in Madison Square Garden.”
The 6’9 Fury will face two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) on NBC in a Saturday afternoon fight at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“Cunningham is a good boxer and world champion who fought in different countries,” Fury added. “He’s a small heavyweight who will come in with a good game plan and strategy. I anticipate him running but, sooner or later, I will catch him and knock him out. If he runs, I hope the fans boo him out of the arena. He’s going to have to fight me. I’m coming to fight and put on a show.”
Promoter Frank Warren has announced yet another addition to his April 20th show set for Wembley. Headed by Nathan Cleverly Vs. Robin Krasninqi for the WBO 175-pound title, the show will also feature former WBO featherweight champ Scot Harrison against unbeaten Liam Walsh for the WBO European lightweight belt. And, as has just been announced, light-heavyweights Ovil McKenzie and former WBO cruiserweight boss Enzo Maccarinelli will meet in a rematch of their controversial November 2012 contest.
Back last year, former “Prizefighter” winner and current Commonwealth champ McKenzie, (21-11, 10 KOs) stopped Maccarinelli in the 2nd-round, as referee Ian John-Lewis deemed Maccarinelli to be defenceless in a corner and shipping blows. Immediately, boos rang out and his call was judged a badly premature one. Now the two have the chance to settle things once and for all.
“This is unfinished business for me and it’s going to be settled once and for all on the night,” Maccarinelli, (35-6,27 KOs) said. “There will be no dispute with the result this time, I’m back to my dynamite-punching best and I’m going to knock McKenzie clean out.”
McKenzie, the older man by a year at age 33, naturally feels he will repeat his win:
“The referee did Maccarinelli a big favour by stopping the fight early, another 30 seconds and he would have been knocked out,” McKenzie stated. “He’ll get the same treatment again and I’ll finish it inside two rounds again.”
David Haye’s next heavyweight opponent will be announced mid-April, according to the Londoner’s trainer and manager Adam Booth. Last week Haye announced his highly-anticipated return to the ring, following a brief hiatus, and highlighted a date of June 29 in Manchester as the beginning of this next chapter. All that was left to be announced was the name of the man handed the job of opposing him in front of 20,000 expectant fight fans at the Manchester Arena. That will soon come, though, Booth assures. And, as trainer and fighter ventured abroad to begin the first phase of training camp, they were hopeful of some definitive answers on their return.
“I’m hoping that in two weeks we’ll be able to do a second press conference and announce the opponent,” said Booth. “I’m confident that I’ve got the guy. Obviously I’m not going to say anything, but while David and I are away the paperwork will go across. When we get back we’ve still got eleven weeks until the fight. How many times do you see opponents named that early?”