Fury's opposition level regresses

Heavyweight Tyson Fury and his promoter, Mick Hennessy, talk often about stepping up Fury’s level of competition. Fury did it once and won a decision against Dereck Chisora last July, but the level of opposition has decreased since.

They turned down a fight with hot prospect David Price for the vacant British title and now Fury’s next opponent will be New Yorker Vinny Maddalone (35-7, 26 KOs). He is not a step up.

Maddalone (38 years old, 6-foot-2, 230 pounds) is a blood and guts brawler who has made a lot of exciting fights, but he is extremely limited and shouldn’t be much of a problem for Fury, who has the age, height and weight advantage (24, 6-9, 250).

Maddalone is headed to England to face Fury on July 7 and talking upset (shocking, right?).

"I'm looking forward to fighting in England,” Maddalone said. "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. The Brits are going to experience one hell of a fight and I plan on making lots of new fans."

Maddalone has a lot of experience. He’s faced opponents such as Evander Holyfield, Tomasz Adamek, Jean-Marc Mormeck and Denis Boytsov. However, Maddalone has lost to each of them.

"He's a good opponent, a real tough guy who leaves nothing in the changing room,” said Fury, who is training for the bout in Belgium. “He certainly comes to fight. I'm looking forward to some good rounds and after I beat him maybe we can go out and get something to eat."

Maddalone has lost whenever he has stepped up in competition, but one thing about him is that if he goes down, he will go down swinging.

“I respect Tyson Fury, hats off because he shows lots of guts,” Maddalone said. “I'm really happy for this opportunity. Two guys with guts will make for a great fight."

The fight will air live across England on Ch. 5.