• Tyson Fury v Vinny Maddalone

Fury calls out Klitschkos after easy win

ESPN staff
July 7, 2012

Tyson Fury produced a clean and clinical performance to defeat Vinny Maddalone inside five rounds on Saturday night.

Fury, looking in better condition than he has done for many of his professional fights, had far too much class for the 38-year-old Maddalone, as the referee felt he had no choice but to stop the fight as the American wobbled around the ring with 1:35 gone in the fifth round.

After the straightforward technical knockout in the WBO Intercontinental heavyweight contest the 23-year-old, who vacated his British and Commonwealth titles ostensibly to avoid fighting rising Liverpool heavyweight David Price, now claims he is ready for a world title fight with one of the Klitschkos, Wladimir and Vitali.

"I'm ready for anyone in the world. Klitschkos? Bring it on. Anyone? Bring them on," Fury told Channel 5 after the win.

"They may have my size, they may have the weight - but I tell you what, they do not have my movement."

Maddalone, a journeyman in the division, had no answer for Fury's ability - as the Brit continually lined his opponent up with jabs before tagging him with strong crosses. By the fourth round Maddalone was bleeding heavily from a cut to the face, and by the fifth the referee felt he had no option but to draw things to a close.

"It was a very concentrated effort, working behind the jab," Fury said. "I actually called the referee over, because he [Maddalone] is a tough guy but he was taking some real shots.

"I was throwing some combinations, and I was enjoying it. I could have gone 12 rounds easy. I'm 17 stone - if I land a punch it is going to hurt."

Fury is now looking to make the next step, although he may still have to wait to meet one of the Ukrainian brothers.

"The likes of [Alexander] Povetkin, the likes of the Klitschkos - they don't want to fight me," Fury said. "They want easy targets.

"Bring on Tomasz Adamek - he's too small for me, I'd see an early knockout."

However, Fury's promoter Mick Hennessey sounded a note of caution - saying he was looking at "two or three" fights before Fury meets a Klitschko, with the Manchester-born fighter unlikely to appear in the ring again before November.

"We are going to fight guys when we are ready to do a job on them," Hennessey said. "I like Adamek - that could be a massive fight over here or in the US."

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