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What next for heavyweight champion Tyson Fury?

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He talked a compelling talk, yet even the brashest and boldest of statements leading up to his world title bout with Wladimir Klitschko were not enough for Tyson Fury to truly convince us that he was going to walk the walk on Saturday night.

It wouldn't be wrong to suggest that antics ranging from the famous Batman press conference back in September, to smashing a watermelon over his head in training, left some wishing to see the self-proclaimed 'Gyspy King' put on the canvas in Dusseldorf.

But Klitschko didn't even come close to satisfying those demands, as Fury eased to the most remarkable of triumphs, landing himself the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.

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In one of the most stunning upsets since Buster Douglas stopped Mike Tyson in 1990, or even since Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Liston in 1964, Fury was even able to taunt Klitschko during the fight, often seen holding his hands behind his back and talking to the Ukrainian on his way to dethroning him.

His awkward, unique style baffled Klitschko, who in the early rounds appeared hesitant to let his hands go. Maybe being Batman and smashing watermelons really did get into the Ukranian's head.

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Let's not forget that Klitschko was a giant left virtually unscathed for the last decade, yet Fury made him look clueless as he toppled him effortlessly. It is difficult to find a feat more impressive.

Now, after becoming Britain's eighth world heavyweight champion, Fury has a number of different options to consider.

Klitschko rematch

Of course, Klitschko has activated his rematch clause, though following such a comprehensive defeat to a fresh young face in the division, many predict the former champion will call time on his stellar career before fighting Fury for the second time.

This opens the door for the likes of Anthony Joshua, WBC champion Deontay Wilder and potentially David Haye somewhere down the line. However, Fury was quick to rebuff the idea of a bout with the latter.

"David Haye will never get a fight against Tyson Fury after what he did to me," Fury said.

"If he gets a mandatory shot with any of the governing bodies, I'll vacate the title. Let him go and fight Fred Flintstone or Joe Bloggs and make no money.

"I don't care if he says I can make £10m by fighting him, it's not about money for me.

"I knew how much boxers got messed about at the highest level. But there were times [when Haye pulled out of fighting him] that I didn't want to box anymore.

"He is a pretender, a fraud and he is getting no opportunities from us."

In spite of his unyielding stance, the prospect of the two meeting at some point remains an exciting one due to the clear animosity and bad blood present.

Haye or Joshua?

With Haye returning to the ring in January against Australian Mark De Mori, and with Anthony Joshua still earning his stripes at domestic level, a bout with WBC champion Wilder is surely the prime attraction.

The chance to become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000, against an opponent in Wilder who he can certainly overcome if in the same buoyant mood of Saturday night, must entice Fury.

If he does indeed become undisputed champion, the momentum he will ultimately generate is a frightening thought for the likes of Joshua and Haye. He was assured and confident enough as a mere challenger, how will anyone be able to unnerve him as the unquestioned top dog of the division?

Whichever route he ventures into, Tyson Fury has already proved he is a fascinating force to be reckoned with.

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