by Johnny Walker
Rising Anglo-Irish heavyweight Tyson Fury has been left fuming of late, as a proposed mega-fight with UK veteran David Haye fell through twice, with Haye suffering somewhat mysterious injuries just as two dates for the fight grew near.
Fury has seen his rankings fall as a result, and now hopes to get his career back in motion after a wasted 2013 on February 15 at the Copper Box Arena in London.
The 6′ 9″ giant Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) will be taking on Argentina’s Gonzalo Omar Basile (61-8, 28 KOs) a 39-year-old veteran whose main claim to be seems to be his tattooed physique, which includes ink that covers his head as well as his body.
The bout will mark Fury’s debut on Frank Warren’s BoxNation network, part of a three-fight deal. Fury will still be managed by Mick Hennessy.
Fury hopes to rematch domestic rival Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora, who he defeated for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles in 2011, later this year. Chisora is also slated to be on the February 15 card in London against unbeaten Ukrainian heavyweight Andriy Rudenko, who pulled out with an injury.
At the time of this writing, Chisora’s opponent for the Copper Box Arena card is still unknown.