British heavyweight Tyson Fury has revealed in his column for the Manchester Evening News that one day in the future he would like to fight Deontay Wilder for a world title at Old Trafford – the home of his beloved football team, Manchester United.
Fury is set for a world title eliminator on July 26 against Dereck Chisora, with the winner looking to secure a mandatory position to challenge Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles.
The 25-year-old believes that once he or Wilder obtains a world title it would be an attractive fight to a huge audience, whether it took place in England or America, although he’d like it to be at the biggest venue in his home town.
He said: “I want to fight Deontay Wilder for the world title at Old Trafford. It’s the home of the team I support – Manchester United – and the biggest venue in the city.
“It’s a fight that would catch people’s imagination. They would think he could beat me and everyone would turn out.
“Of course I don’t think anyone can beat me – that’s my mentality, my self-confidence. It could be a big fight in England or America, but it’s not worth doing until there is a world title involved.
“One of us has to get a title and then maybe it can happen.”
Fury, confident of beating Chisora next month in their battle of Britain, also managed to have a little dig at the current reigning champion of the heavyweight division, Klitschko, suggesting that the Ukrainian is keen to avoid a fight against him.
“Maybe it will be when Wladimir Klitschko vacates his WBO belt rather than fight me," he added. “Then I will defend against Wilder.
"Before any of that can happen I've got to get past Dereck Chisora at the Phones 4U Arena next month.”
Wilder himself is undefeated; the American brawler has won all 31 of his fights by knockout – impressive to say the least.
Yet Fury seems desperate to secure a mega-bucks fight against the illustrious 28-year-old, whether for the pay-cheque or to genuinely test himself against one of the best in the division.
Although the Mancunian fighter is also yet to be beaten, winning all 22 of his contests, 16 by way of knockout.
It would be a blockbuster bout should the two ever face-off against each other in a ring situated in one of the biggest stadiums in England, but whether it actually happens or not is an entirely different matter.
Fury has exchanged several verbal barbs (as he always does), with his next opponent, Chisora, and even flipped a table during a confrontational press conference in March.
However the fighter was adamant in his column that his days of being purposefully controversial and garish are long behind him.
“I went down to London last week for a question and answer session with Del Boy – and if people expected me to kick off, they were disappointed.
“I'm not interested in that any more. You've got two British heavyweights going up against each other. I'm not going to be the one to get fined to sell the fight.
“I'm not a promoter – I'm a fighter. All those days of causing scenes are over. I'm sick to death of them.”
Fury, nicknamed the bad boy of British boxing, has on most occasions backed up his barbs with his performances in the ring. Although he is still prone to spouting out the odd absurd statement.
Despite this, in his column he seemed relatively humble by his standards, stating that he is training hard to achieve his goal. But this could all be a charade or some kind of mind game ahead of one of the biggest fights of his career.
“When have you ever heard a boxer say they've not had a good training camp before a fight? Perhaps I should say my training isn't going well. That I'm sore and injured," said Fury.
“The truth is that training is what it is. It’s the same stuff every day, going over and over the same things to make sure I am perfectly prepared on the night.
“I'm a jobs-worth. I can’t leave it in the gym – I have to take it home with me 365 days a year.
“It’s a full-time job. You can’t just switch off at night and eat whatever you want.”
Fury beat Chisora on points in 2011 but Del Boy was carrying too much weight on that occasion and Fury came out a comfortable winner over the full 12-round distance.
I imagine he would quite like a similar scenario to play-out this time around.
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