Tyson Fury has called out world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko following the Ukrainian's easy win over challenger Alex Leapai on Saturday, claiming he would take the 38-year-old's title if the two ever fought.
After a brief retirement, Fury is back fighting again and will take on fellow Brit Dereck Chisora on July 26, the winner of which will become the No. 1 contender for the WBO heavyweight championship.
The 25-year-old Fury has beaten Chisora in the past, at Wembley Arena in 2011, and if he repeats the trick, he would be in line to fight Klitschko.
But Fury does not believe the Ukrainian would fight him, as reported by Eurosport:
It’s Wladimir Klitschko I have my sights on, but as I’ve said a hundred million times before, I don’t think he’s going to take a fight with me.
Even if I became mandatory, I think he would sooner just p**sy out of it, to be honest. …
There are no good heavyweights to challenge Wlad. But that’s where I come in. If me and him do fight, either he’s going to get hurt or I’m going to get hurt. …
English boxing promoter Frank Warren tweeted after Klitschko's fifth-round win over Australian Leapai that the winner of Fury's fight with Chisora would represent a proper challenger:
MaxBoxing.com's Steve Kim is also bored of Klitschko consistently fighting easy opponents and names Fury amongst those who could challenge him:
Fury is supremely confident that he can overcome the Zimbabwe-born Chisora, labelling him as one-dimensional as reported on Eurosport:
When I first fought Chisora, a lot was made about him being overweight coming in. But he was picked off by the better boxer, regardless of how much he weighed.
He’s a one-paced, one-dimensional fighter and while you cannot underestimate anybody – anything can happen on any night and he has a puncher’s chance with that overhand right of his – I will train right and prepare properly and it will go to plan.
Manchester-born Fury retired after he was twice robbed of the chance to take on former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, who pulled out through injury on both occasions.
Fury came out of retirement three months later and beat America's Joey Abell in February, and he hopes that a decent challenger from the UK will eventually come through the ranks.
He was not overly complimentary about Haye and his conduct, per Eurosport:
It’s a shame there aren’t more domestic rivals around, but it’s not my fault they all fell by the wayside.
You’ve got David Price who was onto a big rivalry with me but he got beat twice by Tony Thompson, you’ve got David Haye who is just a s**thouse who doesn’t want to fight and then there’s Chisora who I’ll fight again in July, who is pretty game but I’ve already beaten.
I’m waiting for some young guns to come up and try to give me a challenge.
Indeed, he may first have the opportunity to fight for a heavyweight title if he can overcome Chisora in July and if Klitschko is prepared to fight.
The Ukrainian is now undefeated over 10 years, per The Guardian, and he would certainly be the biggest challenge Fury could face.
If he is to be believed, he is up for the contest.