Former WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has backed fellow-Brit Tyson Fury to give Wladimir Klitschko a run for his money and says the undefeated brute has the chance to bring the top division glory days back to the UK.
Bruno, who retired in 1996 having realised his dream a year earlier in defeating Oliver McCall at Wembley, believes Fury, 25, gets something of a raw deal from those who question his ability at the top level and the 53 year-old is sure that the ex-European ruler has the tools to take down the all-conquering Klitschko.
“I’ve been studying him for a long time,” Bruno told the Manchester Evening News. “He’s very good. He’s better than a lot of people give him credit for. He’s a very good fighter – he’s intelligent.
He went on: “Don’t underestimate him – he fancies the job. Klitschko has boxed a lot of boxers who are beaten before they get into the ring. But he fancies his chances.
“He could be Britain’s the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis,” speculated Bruno.
Talks are said to be well underway between Klitschko, 39, and mandatory challenger Fury – with the United States and Britain as possible venues for what many see as the Ukrainian four-belt champions greatest test for some time.
Klitschko defeated Bryant Jennings in his last fight two months without setting the world alight, whilst Fury battered Christian Hammer with minimal fuss in February.