As he approaches his career defining fight, heavyweight Tyson Fury has spoken to WBN about how his preparation is going, whilst also giving his opinion on the division’s current crop of fighters.
The 27 year-old faces Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf on October 24 for the Ukranian’s WBA, WBO and IBF world titles and the Wilmslow giant is in no doubt about how the blockbuster clash will end up.
It is a match-up that has potentially reignited the heavyweight division and with boxers like Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua all making noise, there are several opponents that Fury could soon face.
But for now, Fury (24-0, 18 KO) is focused on his date with destiny next month.
Fury told World Boxing News: “Everything’s going well. Sparring and training is all going perfectly to plan. I’m just looking forward to it now.
“I’m not nervous, if you know me you know I don’t get nervous. If anyone should be nervous it should be Wladimir Klitschko – he doesn’t know what he’s got himself in for. May the best man win.”
Should the undefeated Fury defeat Klitschko, he will then have to face the Ukrainian again, because of a rematch clause in the contract – but that doesn’t bother the former European and British champion and he’s ready to fight the best he can.
“The rematch will happen first but if I beat him once, I will beat him again – so that’s not a problem,” he said.
“After that I want to fight the best guys I can. Whoever can sell 50,000 tickets and is marketable can get in the ring with me, no problem. I’m not here to just make up numbers, I want to make tons of money and be the best.”
“I actually don’t believe the best heavyweight boxers are the ones that are currently in the limelight. Luis Ortiz for example, he’s a top class Cuban southpaw – but he won’t get a chance. I’m not going to give him a shot, he’s dangerous and will make me no money,” he added.
“I’ll fight whoever the public want, I don’t care. If it’s Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte or Deontay Wilder so be it, just as long as they are marketable.”
Fury also had a word to say on former two-weight world title holder David Haye, who is set to announce his return to boxing in the near future. The pair were twice scheduled to meet, but both times the Londoner pulled out through injury.
Fury said: “I’m not bothered what he does now or what he will do. David Haye who? I’m not interested in any fight, he had his chance.”
Matt Horan is a staff writer for WBN. Follow Matt on Twitter @Mhoran123