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Fury camp crushes talk of Perez fight

ESPN staff
September 20, 2011
Tyson Fury got the better of Nicolai Firtha at the weekend © PA Photos

Tyson Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy has laughed off talk of his charge fighting Prizefighter winner Mike Perez.

Fury defeated Nicolai Firtha at the weekend via fifth-round stoppage in his first bout since winning the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from Dereck Chisora in July.

And afterwards Perez, the Cuban-born Irishman who is unbeaten from 16 professional bouts, said he wanted to face Fury. However, Hennessy has other plans.

"Clearly somebody's little cage has been rattled in Ireland after Tyson's great win at the weekend and from what I can see it is the people around him who are mouthing off, not Perez," Hennessy said. "I would be surprised if it was Perez because when Tyson was an amateur he gave him two very bad beatings in sparring and there were plenty of witnesses to it.

"That was when Perez was already a pro and Tyson was out of shape and a raw amateur. Since then we offered Perez the chance to fight Tyson at the King's Hall and after verbally agreeing to the fight his people then turned it down in order to fight Jonathan Banks on the Odyssey Arena show a week earlier in Belfast and ended up not boxing on either show. Clearly the people around him are desperate to get him a fight but it won't be on the back of Tyson Fury.

"Anyone who knows anything about boxing will know that Tyson is in a completely different league to Perez. This isn't three three-minute rounds like the amateurs or the one-night tournament he was involved in [Prizefighter], it's a 12-round fight and Tyson would badly expose him.

"He had his chance to fight Tyson, talked a good game but didn't follow through so he has missed the boat. We're not here to be messed about, Tyson is moving on. So Perez, or whoever it is, can shoot his mouth off all he wants but he's just not in our plans now."

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