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Fury "British Boxing Needs a New Star"

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London (15th July 2011) RORY McIlroy has the golfing world at his feet and another 22-year-old Irishman, Tyson Fury believes he can do the same in the ring over the next 12 months.

Fury watched on with great admiration as McIlroy burned up the field before winning the US Open and now he is hoping to win back to back majors with glory at the Open Championship at Sandwich.

Manchester-born Fury challenges Dereck Chisora for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on July 23 at Wembley Arena and says this is the start of him becoming a major sporting star.

Fury said: "Rory McIlroy is an inspiration to every young sports man and woman and I'm no different. Rory brings a lot of charisma and natural talent to the golf course and I bring the same to the ring. The way he won the US Open was awesome.

"After the fall of Tiger Woods Rory came in and gave golf the lift it needed and now I plan to do the same. British boxing needs a new star, it needs a new heavyweight star to replace David Haye and I'm the man to bring a breath of fresh air to the division.

"Like Rory I want to show the world how good I am and that starts with victory over Chisora. The division needs someone like me, someone who can back up what he says in the ring.

"I know that Rory likes his boxing and I hope he can be at ringside for my fight with Chisora. I know he went to watch Haye's awful performance against Wladimir Klitschko, well he should come to Wembley Arena and watch a real heavyweight ding dong.

"And I hope he is able to bring along the Open trophy with him to show it off, it would be great to see him win again."