As the boxing world counts down the days to David Haye and Dereck Chisora locking horns in July, and momentum builds for a match between David Price and Audley Harrison, ADAM LORD looks at where Morecambe heavyweight Tyson Fury fits into the battle of the British heavyweights
Reports this week suggest Tyson Fury wants to fight the winner of the post-Munich press conference brawl between David Haye and Dereck Chisora, before taking a shot at one of the all-conquering Klitschko brothers.
Mick Hennessy, the undefeated Morecambe heavyweight’s promoter, has long said that Fury will take a methodical route to the top, as has been the case so far.
But this is boxing, and it is only natural Fury would try to throw his name into the coverage of the most talked about, if for all the wrong reasons, fight in British boxing.
The Irish Heavyweight Champion would do well to steer clear of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation-promoted pantomime at Upton Park however.
Haye and Chisora are damaged goods, and the mesh fence used at the press conference to promote the fight only served to present the pair as circus animals.
As well as his clean record of 18 wins in 18 fights, Fury also has an unblemished reputation, which would only be harmed by trying to line up a battle with men whose past conduct means they can’t get a licence to box in Britain.
Let it not be forgotten as well, that the 6ft9 gypsy won the British and Commonwealth belts from Chisora last July, so has nothing to prove against “Del Boy” if he were to upset former World Heavyweight Champion Haye in July.
One other man in British boxing with a clean record is the current holder of the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight belts that Fury vacated, David Price.
Price, who won the PR battle with Fury when the pair came close to fighting for the belts, is seemingly heading towards an Olympian against Olympian battle with another heavyweight who is working hard to rebuild his image, Audley Harrison.
Price continued his development earlier this month with an impressive win over Sam Sexton to win the vacant titles, culminating in a brutal knockout of the man from Norwich.
The man from Liverpool is seen by many as the saviour of British heavyweight boxing, in amongst the mediocre, Harrison, and the tarnished, Haye and Chisora.
There is room for Fury is this chaos however, who although not as media friendly as his Merseyside rival, is continuing to learn his trade the right way.
If this continues, and he doesn’t get drawn into the Upton Park sideshow, Fury’s future, and his potential clash with Price, could be something to savour.