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Patient Tyson Fury 'willing' to fight Klitschko

ESPN staff
July 25, 2011
Tyson Fury was a showman during his 12-round victory over Dereck Chisora at Wembley Arena © PA Photos

Tyson Fury has corrected quotes attributed to him in many of Monday's newspapers, announcing that he would not turn down Wladimir Klitschko if the Ukrainian wanted to fight him.

Fury is riding a wave of publicity after he outclassed Dereck Chisora on Saturday to win the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. The 22-year-old proved a great showman as well as boxer, regularly engaging the Wembley Arena crowd mid-fight, something that would appeal to a more global market if he fights Klitschko.

As holder of the WBO, IBF and WBA belts, Klitschko is without a genuine rival in the heavyweight division, making a clash with Fury a distinct possibility. However, Fury was quoted on Monday as saying he will not fight the Ukrainian yet, preferring to chase Ulsterman Martin Rogan in his next bout.

That remains the case for Fury, but he admits if Klitschko were to approach him, things could change significantly. The Brit is in no rush to meet David Haye's conqueror, but he is also clever enough to realise he has to take his chances when they are on offer.

"I'm ready," Fury told talkSPORT. "As soon as it makes sense commercially, then this fight is going to happen. But a fight like this just doesn't happen overnight.

"It could happen overnight if I just went to Germany and fought on their own terms. But we're not going to go for that. It's on our time. I'm young, I'm 22, so I've got plenty of time. But I will say if they are serious about getting it on, then I'm willing.

"I did say I was going to win all the titles first and then move on but then again if the chance comes calling then you never know what's going to happen. But I would like to fight for the European and also the Irish title."

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