No stopping Tyson Fury

  • By: Simon Crawford
  • Last Updated: May 19 2014, 14:25 BST

Heavyweight Tyson Fury insists bitter rival Dereck Chisora will not stand in his way of becoming a world champion.

Tempers are already frayed between Fury (l) and Chisora
Tempers are already frayed between Fury (l) and Chisora

The two Brits will clash in Manchester on July 26 with the winner hoping to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.

But unbeaten Fury admits he may have to turn his attention to the newly-crowned WBC champion Bermane Stiverne as he does not believe Ukrainian world champion Klitschko will face him, even if he defeats Chisora for the second time.

"I was a very interested spectator for the Stiverne-Chris Arreola fight," Fury told sportinglife.com. "It's certainly an avenue I would go down and it may be that I'll have to.

"I'm sure I'll beat Chisora and then I should be fighting fighting Klitschko for all the belts, but I don't think Wladimir is going to take the fight ... I think he's going to retire or vacate before I can get to him.

"However, I need to beat Chisora first. There's an old saying in boxing that you should not look past your next opponent so my focus is all on him for now."

In the first meeting between the pair in 2011 at Wembley, Fury claimed the British and Commonwealth titles with a unanimous points victory over Chisora, who admitted he had not been fit enough for the contest.

The latter goes into this encounter - which is a WBO title eliminator - as the European champion, while the vacant British title will also be up for grabs.

Tempers between the two have already boiled over with Fury directing a foul-mouthed rant at Chisora before flipping over a table and then marching out of a press conference in Manchester last month.

Fury insists he is happy for the bad blood to continue.

"I hope it does continue ... that's boxing - it's all part of the business," he said.

"I'm not going to talk him down because he went 12 rounds with Vitali Klitschko. He's been in with some good fighters and is on a winning spree.

"But I don't think he's at my level. I've beaten him once and I'll do it again."


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