Braidwood vs. Tyson?

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

If KO Boxing president and promoter Glen Carriere has his way, Adam Braidwood will be fighting Tyson in the not-too-distant future.

No, not that guy.

We're talking about one Tyson Fury, the new darling of British boxing.

With a record of 4-0 (4 KOs), the six-foot-eight, 260-pounder from Manchester is being spoon-fed fellow Brit Mathew Ellis on Saturday in London as a tune-up for his North American debut against an as-yet-unsigned opponent April 25 at the Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut.

Braidwood, the six-foot-four, 270-pound Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman who debuted with a 43-second KO of Devon Garnon in January, is taking on veteran MMA brawler Lee Mein in the featured four-round prelim on tomorrow night's Blunt Force Trauma card at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"We've got some contacts in Britain and we're hearing that this kid Fury is making a big splash over there," Carriere said prior to yesterday's pre-fight media conference.

"He's young and raw ... but so is Adam. What I find odd is that they've already got Fury ranked No. 10 in the U.K. after just four fights, which means he's probably on the verge of being rated as a contender for the Commonwealth title.

"What better way for Adam to make a name for himself than by knocking out Britain's new heavyweight sensation?"

Fury's promoter, Mick Hennessy, became familiar with the Edmonton boxing scene after bringing a show to the River Cree Resort & Casino last summer. He's already convinced that Fury is the real deal - naysayers from the "colonies" not withstanding.

"Tyson Fury is the best prospect in world boxing, and he is going to shake up the heavyweight division like it hasn't been shaken up for a long time," Hennessy said after watching the 20-year-old pummel German veteran Marcel Zeller in January.

"We're going to put him in some great learning fights and he is going to be a worldwide phenomenon."

For one of those "learning fights"to be against Braidwood, the Edmontonian will have to keep the KOs coming.

"We're not going to rush Adam, even though I believe that he could be Canadian heavyweight champion inside of a year," said Carriere.

"He's still learning the game, and he's got his football future to think about. But if both of them keep winning, I can see us sitting down one day and talking about matching Braidwood and Fury for the Commonwealth title. After that, who knows?"

That sits well with Braidwood.

"That would be sooooo cool," he said. "At this point, I'm not ruling anything out. I've got the best trainer in Canada in Milan (Lubovac), and I'm soaking up everything he's teaching me.

"I want to go as far as I can in boxing, but this is only my second pro fight we're talking about. Still, I think if I keep learning and keep winning, anything is possible."


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