TYSON Fury is eyeing a World Heavyweight Title shot within the next 18 months after surviving a rocky third round to stop Nicolai Firtha in Belfast.
The Skerton-based giant took his professional boxing record to 16 wins with 11 knockouts after impressively despatching the North American Champion in five rounds at a packed and rowdy Kings Hall.
Fury, 23, received a hero’s welcome from the Northern Irish crowd and looked in terrific shape having weighed in at 18 stone, 1lb.
The 6ft 9in Lancastrian boxed beautifully in the opening round, confusing Firtha with his long jab and occasionally dropping in an accurate right uppercut or hook to the body.
Towards the end of the round Fury had his opponent reeling and bleeding from a barrage of blows but the Ohio native survived to the bell.
Firtha also got through a dominant round two for Fury, but turned the tide in round three when he nailed Tyson with a big right hand to the temple.
Fury backed to the ropes, his legs wobbling, but covered up, held on, and made it through to the bell.
The British and Commenwealth Champion then regained control with his excellent jab and straight right in round four.
By round five the brave Firtha’s face was marked up from the constant accurate punches of Fury, who steadied the American with another big right.
Following another huge Fury right, the referee had seen enough and called a halt.
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