Tyson Fury says he will send out a clear message to the world that he is the future of the heavyweight division when he defeats American Kevin Johnson in their WBC World heavyweight title eliminator. Fury and Johnson meet at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena tonight in a bout that can be seen live on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com.
“I’m the best heavyweight since Lennox Lewis and after this fight I want Vitali Klitschko or Wladmir Kliktschko. This man is getting smashed to bits,” said undefeated Fury. “Forget about David Haye and David Price, they’re not in my league and after I beat Johnson there’s no American left who could take on the Klitschkos so that just leaves me. People haven’t seen the best of me. I’m still only 24 but on Saturday night in Belfast you will see just how much I have improved and people won’t believe the shape I’m in. I could have a 20-round war if I had to. I can fight, I can box, I do anything in the ring, nobody can live with me and that includes the Klitschkos.
“This is now my era, I’m taking over and Johnson is not going to stand in my way. I know that he will be awkward, he’s a bit like the Floyd Mayweather of the heavyweight division because he can be defensive but he can punch as well so I have set him the traps and punish him.”
Promoter Mick Hennessy is confident that Fury will face one of the Klitschkos after having talks with their management.
“I have spoken to Vitali’s people and they are very open to doing a fight with Tyson but there is also the option of fighting Wladimir and Tyson is up for fighting any of the brothers,” commented Hennessy. “As long as they realise that Tyson is the only credible heavyweight out there to make a super fight with and they are fair at the business table then the fight will happen in 2013, either one of the brothers. It needs to be a stadium fight so we’ll be looking at sometime between May and July. We know as a team that it would sell out a stadium. They would prefer to work with us and do the Tyson fight than work with any other contender.”
The wealth TV telecast also features unbeaten middleweight prospect Chris Eubank Jr.
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