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I’m taking a gamble in Belfast, admits Fury

By David Kelly

Tyson Fury is relshing the opportunity of headlining at the King’s Hall on September 17 and says that taking on American champion Nicolai Firtha at short notice is a risk worth taking.

Firtha’s most recent win came on August 13 having gone the distance with the current WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.

Fury said: “It’s a bit of gamble but I’m a true fighting man and I don’t back away from a challenge.

“I’ve accepted to fight Firtha who's a lot younger than Martin Rogan and has mixed in a lot higher company.

“I'm prepared to fight any man on the planet and I want the Irish fight fans to come out and see a real fight not some knock over job. Anybody who knows anything about boxing can see that this is a risky fight because Firtha has gone the distance with the man who now holds the WBA belt which David Haye once held.

“It's going to be a big test for me so soon after me beating Dereck Chisora but I know it's a challenge that I can rise to.”

Promoter Mick Hennessy believes a victory over Firtha will help raise Fury’s profile Stateside as he seeks to make progress towards a World heavyweight title shot in 2012.

Hennessy said: “Ireland missed out on an Olympic gold medal when Tyson was prevented from boxing for Ireland but he’s determined to bring the World title to Belfast.

“And what better time for him to win the World heavyweight title than in 2012, the year of the London Olympics.

“First of all he has to deal with Firtha who’s coming off the back of a good win and a very good performance against Povetkin.

“Although the fight has been agreed with just over two weeks to go, the Firtha camp have known about the possibility of this fight for some time. It should be a great scrap.”

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