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Tyson Fury: Wladimir Klitschko will retire rather than fight me

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Tyson Fury (standing) knocks over a press conference table as July 26 opponent Dereck Chisora looks on. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

Tyson Fury (standing) knocks over a press conference table as July 26 opponent Dereck Chisora looks on. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images.


Tyson Fury said he expects Wladimir Klitschko to retire rather than face him, using a couple of derogatory terms to describe the heavyweight champion.

"I'm going to win in style, and whether people take notice or not, I don't give a s–t," said Fury. "Klitschko's not going to fight me because he's too much of a pussy, and he's got no balls. If he did have a set of balls, then he would fight me."

Fury believes that Klitschko, the RING, IBF, WBA and WBO titleholder, will angle for an eventual clash with WBC titleholder Bermane Stiverne, whose sixth-round stoppage of Chris Arreola in May earned the belt left vacant by Klitschko's brother, Vitali. In victory over Stiverne, Fury said Wladimir Klitschko, 38, will follow his older sibling into retirement.

"We're probably going to have to wait until about 2016 to get in position for a mandatory shot, and I think that by then, Klitschko will have fought Bermane Stiverne," said Fury, who stands 6-foot-9. "He'll beat Stiverne, and will have gotten all of the belts, and then he'll retire. So that means all of the titles will be vacant, and then I'll have to fight for vacant title."

Fury (22-0, 16 knockouts) is heading into a July 26 fight against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs), whom he beat by unanimous decision at London's Wembley Arena in 2011. Since then Fury has won seven fights, stopping six of those opponents. The rematch will take place at Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.

Meanwhile, Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) will make his 17th straight title defense against Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) on Sept. 6 at the O2 World arena in Hamburg, Germany, having last been in action for a fifth-round knockout of Alex Leapai in April.

Since facing Fury, Chisora, 30, has gone 6-3 with four knockouts, falling to Robert Helenius and Vitali Klitschko by split- and unanimous decision, and being stopped in the fifth round by David Haye. Chisora has won five consecutive bouts, three of them by stoppage, and is coming off February's unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson.

Chisora has stated that he will stop Fury with a body attack.

"I'm not really interested in what Chisora has to say," said Fury. "I don't listen to a fool, anyway. It is what it is, and Chisora's going to get what he's going to get, no more, no less. It's simple, really. He can say what he wants, it's falling upon deaf ears. I mean, Derek Chisora's a tough man, and it's going to be a good fight, but Derek Chisora is a typical one-dimensional fighter who just comes forward.

"He's pretty much a Joe Frazier-type of fighter, but not as good. First off, Joe Frazier was a top man in his day, and Chisora ain't no Joe Frazier. With today's heavyweights, his style ain't going to cut it, because I'm too athletic. This is a modern-day heavyweight scene, so being 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds ain't going to do it, because he's just too small. As long as I get the victory, whether it's a point job or whatever it is, I'm not too bothered."