WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, has listed his favourite British prospects and admitted that the next generation of his country’s ‘big men’ have some serious boots to fill.
‘The Gypsy King’ took the traditional route to reach the pinnacle of the division, claiming the English title against John McDermott in 2009, before defeating Derek Chisora for the British and Commonwealth belts just two years later. Fury then faced ‘Del Boy’ for a second time, reclaiming the Lonsdale Belt, but adding the EBU European and the WBO International, to position himself for a shot at Wladimir Klitschko’s unified heavyweight world title, which he famously won in 2015.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Fury has highlighted Great Britain’s strongest future contenders, and advised them to follow a similar path to the one he undertook, rather than rushing for world title opportunities.
“I think we have got a lot of talent; you know.
We have got young David Adeleye, Solomon Dacres, we’ve got Johnny Fisher, Frazer Clarke, Nathan Gorman, Daniel Dubois.
There is a lot of red hot talent coming through in this country, but we have given them a lot to aim for between me, AJ, Chisora and Dillian Whyte, people like that have given them a lot of hope that it can be done.”
“I think there is a lot of good fights at British level at the moment, I don’t think David Adeleye, Frazer Clarke, Sol Dacres and whoever else is there are anywhere near world level at the moment. They’re only young, so they should be contesting for English titles and maybe the British title. I’m not sure how far they can go, but they definitely look like good prospects.”
One man who has surpassed the British level is Daniel Dubois, who challenges Oleksandr Usyk for the unified world title on August 26 in Poland, live on TNT Sports Pay-Per-View.