Scott Belshaw disappeared off the boxing radar over the past eight months but tomorrow night he returns for the most exciting fight of his career.
Big hitting Belshaw was to have boxed on the undercard to Martin Rogan’s Commonwealth heavyweight title fight with Sam Sexton last Friday night at the Odyssey Arena but at the last minute no substitute opponent could be found. But then on Monday he agreed to a clash with fellow 6ft 7’ giant prospect Tyson Fury.
It is not often that two young heavyweights with everything to lose come together at this stage. Fury is just 20 and Belshaw 23.
Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy clearly believes the Lisburn man is going to be cannon fodder for his rising star. But Belshaw, no longer with manager Frank Maloney, has put a series of problems behind him and is determined to grab his opportunity.
“I know that everybody believes I’m the underdog going into this fight and that suits me fine because I believe this is my destiny to win this fight,” said Belshaw.
“I was so gutted that the fight at the Odyssey fell through because I pulled off the Martin Lindsay title fight in order to make sure I was going to be alright for that bill. But then I got word about this fight and I have put that behind me. I’m so up for this fight.
“This is my big chance to prove a point to everyone in the division. Because I’ve been training for a fight I’m in good shape.”
Belshaw’s career made an explosive start when he pummelled opponents to the canvas in spectacular fashion but then last year suffered a shock points defeat at the hands of journeyman Daniil Peretyatko, which has since been avenged. But despite that, he hasn’t boxed since last September.
While he has been kicking his heels, Fury has quickly built up an unbeaten five-fight record and is being hailed as the new exciting prospect to light up the division.
Belshaw was given the same build-up by former manager Maloney who once described his power as akin to that of former world heavyweight champion George Foreman.
While the sparkle may have gone off his career, Belshaw has no doubt that he can blast his way back onto the path towards a British title shot.
Belshaw added: “It’s been a tough year for me but I feel that I’m more settled again and I know that I have a lot to achieve in the sport. It’s not all about money, it’s about me achieving the goals that I believe I can. I’m determined to get to the top.
“I know a lot more about the boxing game and I know that if I win this fight then I’ll have a lot of offers coming my way. You have to prove yourself and this is my chance.
“I know that I have the power in either hand to beat anybody in Britain. I’ve got dynamite in my hands.”
Belshaw will certainly need that kind of explosive power because he can’t expect any favours if it goes to points.