By Alexey Sukachev
Rapidly rising British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury (8-0, 7 KOs) has been seemingly stopped in his tracks by a huge underdog and English champion John McDermott (25-6, 16 KOs) only to be awarded with a highly controversial ten-round decision, which was severely booed by the local crowd at Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, UK.
McDermott started to press much bigger Fury from the outset. The reigning champion, 29, was eating jabs but delivered some notable overhand right crosses in the first two rounds, while looking a bit more impressive overall. In rounds three and four Fury started to find a spot for his body punching and mounted a tiny comeback but McDermott was once again better in the fifth. The sixth round was in challenger’s favour, who did a great job, scoring with his jabs. Rounds seven and eight saw another turnaround as Fury was rapidly tiring and clinching in close quarters. The champion, on the other hand, landed a number of hard right hooks and even outjabbed his longer opponent.
Both fighters went in for kill in the last two rounds, which saw Fury preserving a bit more energy than the titlist. As the fight was for the English heavyweight title and was conducted under BBofC rules and regulations, referee Terry O’Connor was the sole judge for the fight. Amazingly he lifted Fury’s hand at the end of the tenth round, crowning the new champion. The shock rose to a higher level, when the final score – 98-92 for Fury – was announced from the ring.
This reporter, former WBC lightweight champion Jim Watt and heavyweight top contender David Haye – all had it 94-96 for now dethroned champion John McDermott.