British fighter Tyson Fury celebrates in the ring after his victory over Ukraine's Vladimir Klitschko after their world heavyweight title bout at the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany, 28 November 2015. EPA/Rolf Vennenbernd
British fighter Tyson Fury celebrates in the ring after his victory over Ukraine's Vladimir Klitschko after their world heavyweight title bout at the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany, 28 November Show more

Tyson Fury says ‘Deontay Wilder has to wait’ because focus is on Wladimir Klitschko rematch



The new world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury talks about his future, which almost certainly will have a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, may include a unification bout with America's Deontay Wilder but will never, ever feature a fight with fellow Briton David Haye.

Step back Deontay

Fury feels no pressing need for a unification fight with the American, who holds the WBC version of the title.

“Why do we need to mention Deontay Wilder,” Fury asked. “Let’s laugh at his name, shall we? … He’s a basketball player who took up boxing a couple of years ago.”

Respect for Wlad

Fury is ready for a contractual rematch with the ex-champ. “Wladimir Klitschko was the No 1 in the division. Probably the pound-for-pound king, whatever that means,” Fury said.

“This man has been on top of the world and reigned for nine years. With Floyd Mayweather gone, Wlad took his place and I just took him out.”

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Have jab, will travel

Fury is willing to meet Klitschko, 39, in Germany again. “So why would I be bothered about a novice like Wilder,” Fury asked.

“If Deontay Wilder wants a unification fight he is going to have to wait, because Wladimir Klitschko has a Round 2 … ding-ding-ding!”

Bred for the ring?

Fury said he is not a hobbyist, like Wilder. “I’m a true natural fighter,” he said.

“I’ve been doing it all my life. You get horses and dogs and it’s bred into them to be what they are, whether it’s racehorses or show dogs. And it’s bred into me to be a fighter.”

And David Haye?

Fury says he will vacate a title rather than fight a man who twice cancelled bouts with him. “I will never give him a payday,” Fury said.

“If he gets mandatory for the WBA, he can have the WBA. Let him go and fight Fred Flintstone or Joe Bloggs and make no money. … He’s a pretender, a fraud.”

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