Fury: I'm Not Ready For Klitschko, They Beat Chisora Easy

By Simon Crawford

British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury insists he is in no hurry to mix it with the Klitschko brothers.

The 23-year-old challenges Dereck Chisora for the British and Commonwealth titles at Wembley Arena on July 23 and the winner is being touted as a potential opponent for one of the Klitschkos.

Fury (14-0 10KOs) is confident he can beat Chisora and become a world champion in the future - but wants British and European success before he thinks of getting in the ring with one of the world champion brothers.

"I simply don't feel I'm ready for a fight with the Klitschkos yet," Fury, the current English heavyweight champion, told

"I wouldn't want to agree to a fight where I'm just making up the numbers. I'm still learning and I want to get more fights in before I even think of jumping up to that level.

"I need more experience and the only way to get that is by having plenty of learning fights.

"I've said from the start that I want to get to the top the old-fashioned away and that's by winning the British title, then the European and then I'll start looking at a world title."

There have been plenty of verbal insults between Fury and Chisora ahead of their "Big Brawl" showdown in the capital.

London-based Chisora, who was born in Zimbabwe, is four years older than Fury and has an identical record in the pro ranks of 14-0 (9KOs) - although the younger man has one more knockout to his credit.

WBO, IBF and WBA champion Wladimir Klitschko, who comprehensively outpointed Briton David Haye, pulled out of two previously-arranged fights against Chisora due to injury.

But Fury believes Chisora does not have the talent to become a world champion.

"I don't rate Chisora at all," he said. "Fair play to him because he's British and Commonwealth champion - but that's his level, he will not go past that.

"He would get beaten easily by a Klitschko and I'm also confident I will beat him on July 23. I'm taller, stronger, faster and I punch harder. I should win ... unless I hang my chin out and let him hit me.

"There have been a few verbals between us. Let's be honest, we don't like each other - never have. But we're getting close to fight time now and the time for all the talking has stopped.

"I want to do my talking inside the ring now. I want to put in a good performance and, obviously, I want to beat him."

Fury is delighted with his preparation - and even took the unusual step of having a public workout in a Luton shopping centre on Monday.

"It was good. A decent crowd turned up to watch and I think it's something we'll look to do more of in the future," he said.

"I hope it gets people buzzing about the fight. I want people to be interested in what I do.

"Training is going very well. My weight is good and I intend to go in there at around 18-and-a-half-stone which is pretty much my usual.

"Everything is on track and I can't wait for the fight to come round now. I'm ready to go and I'm feeling very confident about the outcome."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MrFynest on 07-13-2011

wasn't there an article yesterday saying that he knows he can beat Klitschko? We all know he's not ready for the Klits. glad he's honest about it too.

Comment by Ravens Fan on 07-13-2011

When did Teddy Atlas start training Fury?

Comment by Spray_resistant on 07-13-2011

I thought I read him saying he was but he is correct now, he is not and should get more experience 1st.

Comment by gdub27 on 07-13-2011

Smart man.

Comment by makeMeSushiRoll on 07-13-2011

Well, that is a quite wise statement, Wlad has about four times more wins than Fury has fights :).

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