BLACKPOOL is poised stage more big-time boxing in the new year, with Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury the magnetic attraction.
The resort is set to stage Fury’s next fight in his quest to challenge for a world title.
Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy has mooted an as yet unconfirmed venue in the resort before Fury’s goes to the United States to showcase his talents.
Details have yet to be released, but such a fight would give Fury and Blackpool national projection as he has signed a TV deal with Channel 5.
Hennessy insists Fury remains on course to dethrone the Klitschko brothers after the heavyweight’s dramatic Manchester homecoming.
Fury made a successful first defence of his Commonwealth title against Neven Pajki but not until the 34-year-old Canadian champion dealt a severe fright to his boisterous support.
Despite only stopping five opponents in a perfect record of 16 professional wins and giving away almost two stones to his opponent in weight, Pajkic made a mockery of his reputation as a light puncher by dumping Fury to the canvas with a brutal overhand right in round two.
But the British champion responded to the first knockdown of his unblemished 17-fight career in devastating fashion, flooring Pajkic twice before forcing a conclusion 17 seconds from the end of the next session.
Fury regularly talks of heavyweight kings Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko being in his sights and ennessy believes the 23-year-old can rule his division within a year and a half.
“He’s just got to stop getting drawn into a gunfight and start being smart,” he said. “Once he does that he’s the best heavyweight on the planet. He’s got a lot of work to do but in 16 months’ time he’ll be a different fighter.
“I honestly believe he could beat (WBA champion Alexander) Povetkin tomorrow. But he’s looking bigger than that –he’s better than that.
“He wants the Klitschkos, so 18 months from now he’ll beat the Klitschkos.”
Fury claimed being decked by Pajkic served to shock him out a lethargic start in Manchester.
“I was too relaxed I think. As soon as I got hit I woke up. Champions go down and come back up, and it shows true grit to get up and knock the other guy out.”
At the post-fight press conference, Hennessy revealed plans for Fury to fight again in Blackpool in January before making his US debut at New York’s Madison Square Garden in March.
“Hopefully I’m going to have a big year next year with plenty of fights, plenty of wins and plenty of excitement,” said Furys “I wouldn’t fear going in with any man in the world.”
Audley Harrison is being touted as a prospective rival for Fury in Blackpool.
No-one from Hennessy Sports, Fury’s promoter, was available but Harrison’s name is being widely touted on the Twitter-sphere and elsewhere.
Harrison has been in the spotlight recently as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. He was voted off last weekend.
He said he hoped his appearance on the programme would be a springboard for a ring return.
Harrison was widely condemned for his no-show performance when challenging for David Haye’s world title.