Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
A veteran gatekeeper to contender status, 38-year-old heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (36-7-0, 26ko) is the next in line for Tyson Fury, 24, as the British/Irish big man looks to notch another win on his record as he makes a case to challenge for one of the major titles in boxing’s no-limit weight class. Maddalone, who takes on Fury at Clevedon’s Hand Arena in Somerset on July 7, is promising excitement as he aims on making new fans…
“I’m Looking forward to fighting in England,” said Maddalone, who commands a 42-fight experience but has fallen short in his biggest tests against Brian Minto (by knockout, twice), Evander Holyfield (by third round technical knockout), Denis Boytsov (eight round decision), Jean Marc Mormeck (eight round decision) and Tomasz Adamek (fifth round TKO).
He continued: “The Brits may be rooting for him in the beginning but I guarantee they will be cheering for me by the end of the night. I promise to give everything I’ve got [and] the Brits are going to experience one hell of a fight [as] I plan on making lots of new fans.
“I respect Tyson Fury… hats off because he shows lots of balls. I’m really happy for this opportunity. Two guys with balls will make for a great fight.”
Undoubtedly Fury’s toughest opponent to date was his British and Commonwealth title showdown against Dereck Chisora, yet his subsequent match-ups are perceived to have stagnated when it comes to calibre. While Maddalone is not regarded to provide a significant step-up from Nicolai Firtha, Neven Pajkic and Martin Rogan (all of whom Fury stopped), Vinny is renowned for his edge-of-the-seat style.
Boxing News writer Jack Hirsch even lauded the Queens native by remarking: “Perhaps the pound-for-pound lists have it all wrong. Instead of rating the best fighters, maybe the public would be better served if they listed the most exciting [and] Vinny Maddalone would top that heap.”
Fury (18-0-0, 13ko), currently training in Essen, Belgium, commented: “He’s a good opponent, a real tough guy who leaves nothing in the changing room and certainly comes to fight!”
As has been tradition with a Fury fight, the undercard will feature middleweight phenom Chris Eubank Jr, who makes his fifth outing as a professional. British champion Lee Haskins, meanwhile, challenges Stuart Hall for the vacant European bantamweight belt, Lenny Daws and Dean Mills get it on, Tyson’s cousin Phill Fury fights and Canadian welterweight ruler Samuel Vargas also makes an appearance.