By Dave Spencer
This Saturday November 12th two undefeated 16-0 heavyweights collide as British Champion Tyson Fury meets Canadian Champion Neven Pajkic in Manchester England for Fury’s British Commonwealth belt. Tensions for the fight have been brewing for over a year ever since Fury touched down onto Canadian soil and challenged Pajkic as he was putting the finishing touches of a Canadian title defence just north of Toronto. The prestigious Commonwealth belt that is up for grabs dates back well over 100 years and has been worn by the likes of Lennox Lewis, Trevor Berbick, Tommy Burns, Henry Cooper and Danny Williams. Both fighters hope it will help propel them to bigger and better things and had a chance to address the media one more final time earlier this week, leaving fight fans hoping that the what happens inside the ropes will be half as good as the war of words that’s been going on outside.
Mick Hennessy (Promoter): This is a fight I never thought would happen. I always wanted it to happen, but never thought it would. Two unbeaten fighters, both 16-0, one the champion of Canada and one the Champion of Britain. It’s an old school fight, you don’t see these nowadays, especially in the heavyweight division.
Neven Pajkic: This fight has been in the making for some time, since last October, but none of that matters now. All that matters is who is going to be victorious Saturday night. I’ll pray for myself and I’ll pray for you too. The worst thing I want for you is for you to go to sleep for eleven seconds, not a second more. I didn’t come here to lose or to lay down. Even though I speak soft, I’m not going to be soft on Saturday night, there’s going to be leather flying on both sides.
Tyson Fury: By the sounds of our conversation, it sounds like we’re not going fight, but that we’re going to a dance. Let me assure you of one thing, if I wasn’t scared of having my boxing license taken off me, I’d get up off this stage and smash my fist in his face and I’d smash him up and down this place for the things he said about me and my family. But considering I don’t want to get reprimanded, I’m going to sit down and keep calm. Come Saturday night, I’m going to punish this kid, he’s come here for a beating and he’s going to get it. I’m an animal and I’m going to unleash the beast Saturday night. If I lose this fight, I’ll retire. If Neven gives me a tough fight, I’ll retire.
The fight will be broadcast in Canada on Super Channel and in the UK on Channel 5.