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Tyson Fury close to securing Klitschko dream fight

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Tyson Fury lands a jab en route to his eight-round stoppage of Christian Hammer on Feb. 28 in London. Photo by Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

Tyson Fury lands a jab en route to his eight-round stoppage of Christian Hammer on Feb. 28 in London. Photo by Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

Unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury looks set to receive his long awaited title shot against Wladimir Klitschko following the Ukrainian’s unanimous decision victory over Bryant Jennings in New York on Saturday.

Fury, the WBO mandatory challenger, has been calling out Klitschko for a period of years and the monstrous 26-year-old is already bursting with trademark confidence and bravado.

“Klitschko did what he had to do against Jennings and won,” said Fury in a press release issued by Queensberry Promotions. “It was the same as always with the smaller man trying to get inside Klitschko’s jab and him holding and leaning.

“Let’s see him try that against someone who’s the same size. I’m younger, stronger, fitter, faster, and I have a knockout punch. I haven’t seen anything that worries me at all and I’m supremely confident that I’m the man to end Klitschko’s reign.”

The WBO will now order a 30-day negotiating period, between the respective promoters, in order for a deal to be thrashed out and if an agreement cannot be reached then purse bids will be ordered. Promoter Frank Warren, in association with Mick Hennessy, will look to stage the fight on British soil and there is little doubt that such an event would do big business in the U.K.

Whether that ambitious plan comes to fruition remains to be seen as Klitschko, a long reigning, and dominant titleholder, is undoubtedly in the driving seat. The hard-hitting 39-year-old is THE RING/ WBA/ WBO and IBF heavyweight champion of the world and the majority of his title defenses have been enormously successful in Germany.

Fury said, “This division has been dull for over a decade. I’m going to shake it up and bring back the sparkle.”

 

Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing

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