Belfast (15 Sept 2011) Tyson Fury says he can take the next step on his journey to World title success on Saturday and he wants a double celebration with the Ireland rugby team causing a shock against Australia at the World Cup in New Zealand.
The Irish rugby side conquered America last weekend and now British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Fury has his own USA mission when he takes on North American champion Nicolai Firtha from Akron Ohio at Belfast’s King’s Hall, just hours after Brian O’Driscoll and his men clash with World Cup rugby favourites Australia.
Fury has become the hottest young heavyweight in world boxing on the back of his sensational win over Dereck Chisora in July at Wembley Arena and now expects 6ft 6′ Firtha to be a real test of his credentials as the future dominating force among the big men.
“I’ll be cheering on the Irish rugby lads, they may be the underdogs but then everybody said that about me when I fought Chisora and now I’m the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion. They can go and do it and that will inspire me to go and give the Irish boxing fans a treat by beating up Firtha,” commented Fury.
“It’s going to be a sporting weekend to remember for all Irish sports fans because you have the All Ireland GAA final on Sunday so it’s going to be very special.
“Firtha’s a big man with plenty of heart and skill so I know I have to be ready for a really hard fight but I want fights like this, I want to be tested because I want to go to the top as quickly as I can. I don’t want to be fighting bums.
“This guy has been the distance with the WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin so if I do a number on him then it shows everybody again that I’m the real deal, that I’m the man to fear in the division.”
The fight will be shown live in the UK on Channel 5
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