Klitschko Does Not Rule Out 2013 Tyson Fury Defense

By Phil D. Jay

Four-belt world champion Wladimir Klitschko is willing to put his titles on the line against up and coming challenger Tyson Fury (19-0, 14KOs) but admits that the Irish champion is unlikely to accept his invitation until next year.

‘Dr. Steelhammer’ is struggling for credible opponents following his easy dismantling of Tony Thompson for the second time on Saturday night and knows that Fury would provide the opposition to get the fans interested in the heavyweight division once again.

"I think we could end up fighting very soon, probably in the next year,” Klitschko told Channel 5.

"From fight to fight he's just going to get better but I doubt it is going to happen this year, but probably next."

Fury, 24, could be just two or three fights away from accepting the fight, although the 6ft 9ins heavyweight has stipulated that he would like the fight to take place on home soil in Ireland or the UK and on his terms.

“I’m not interested in taking a payday against Klitschko and I’ve got a year until that,” He told The Daily Star.

“I’ll take the fight when it’s right. I’m on my time, not his. I won’t be rushed and I’ve got a long time left.

“I’ve got a lot of learning to do, and I want big fights, but they take time to happen so it’s going to take a while to set up.

“Wladimir badly needs some new challengers, but it will be when it’s my time and not before. He can carry on having easy fights until then.,” he added.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sparked_26 on 07-14-2012

At least he is talking about the Klits. David Price has made no secret of the fact he is waiting for them to ride off into the sunset. Fury is the man and he can only get better.

Comment by Superflo777 on 07-14-2012

[QUOTE=Enzo Mc is ****;12332415]But we all know Fury is a KO defeat waiting to happen and the longer he waits, the more likely he loses in the meantime.[/QUOTE] Well said.

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 07-14-2012

Part of me thinks Fury is doing the right thing in continuing to get experience and improve while hopefully Wlad starts to fade a little. But we all know Fury is a KO defeat waiting to happen and the longer…

Comment by FryerTucker77 on 07-14-2012

One thing about Fury I like is he steps it up when the pressure is on. Saying that. He's got the tools, but doesn't know how to use them. By the time he's a danger, Wlad and Vitali will be…

Comment by The Hammer on 07-14-2012

If he's serious about fighting Wlad in 2013, Fury should do the best he can to prepare himself by stepping up his level of opposition in his next couple of fights. No more Maddalone-level opponents. He should fight people like…

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