Tyson Fury: I'm Going To Give it To Johnson Proper!

By Nick Parkinson, coutesy of The Daily Star

TYSON FURY insists he has no interest in going one better than Vitali Klitschko tonight.

The former British champion takes on American Kevin Johnson in a semi-eliminator for Klitschko’s WBC world heavyweight title.

Morecambe’s unbeaten Fury, 24, knows he cannot afford a shock defeat to Johnson at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast as he closes in on a shot at the Ukrainian.

Klitschko, 41, won every round but could not stop Johnson in a ­title defence three years ago, but Fury claims he feels under no ­pressure to win by stoppage.

He said: “I’m not interested in ­making any statement against Johnson – Tyson Fury is already a ­statement in himself.

“I’m not going in there to try and take him out with big shots from the first bell. I’m going to box to my usual best and I’m not looking to knock anyone out. I’m looking to box sensibly. This is my world title fight on the line. If I slip up, I lose everything.

“I’m not here to dance or play possum on the ropes, I’m here to fight. I’m going to give it to him proper and he’s going to go home as sick as a pig.”

Johnson’s only other setback was on points to compatriot Tor Hamer in the Prizefighter final in June, but Fury is dismissing the relevance of the American’s three performances at the York Hall.

He said: “He’s not a Prizefighter three-round fighter. He doesn’t start for three or four rounds, so his performances in Prizefighter mean nothing.”

Victory over Johnson, 33, will put Fury second in line to face Klitschko, or set up a shot at the vacant title, if the champion retires, against the winner of Chris Arreola versus ­Bermane Stiverne.

But Fury has this week been claiming he wants to go for Vitali’s younger brother Wladimir, who is the WBA, IBF and WBO champion.

Fury feels ready for either brother after adopting a stricter training schedule at the start of the year.

“In January I looked at myself in the mirror and saw an obese, fat pig,” he said. “I said I would either get myself in shape or hang up the gloves.

“We worked out a new training programme and I live on camp all year around. I’m really looking good.”

Fury has also hit out at abuse of him on Twitter about his gypsy ­heritage, saying: “I’m not here to be abused. I’m 6ft 9in and 18 stone. I will not be bullied.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by paulf on 12-01-2012

If Tyson outboxes Kevin Johnson I promise to stop calling him a caveman.

Comment by The Nephilim on 12-01-2012

Johnson can fight and is miles beyond the people Price is beating up. Kudos to Fury for stepping up.

Comment by yoz on 12-01-2012

[QUOTE=HooksInYou;12756230]I'm hoping it will happen to, but, according to Fury's promoter, Price has to accept less than 50% of the purse: [url][/url][/QUOTE] There's no way this happens anytime soon. Fury is contracted to Channel 5 (free-to-air) until the end of…

Comment by NoLove on 12-01-2012

I think this is a harder fight for Fury than people think. Johnson went 12 rounds with Vitali. Cant see Tyson blasting him out. Could be a very hard night for Fury.

Comment by White_Knight on 12-01-2012

[QUOTE=wja1966;12756144]He will Stop Johnson within 8 and it will be the end for him then he'll retire. The rivalry is boiling up nicely for Fury and Price and i cant wait for it to finally happen next year[/QUOTE] I'm hoping…

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