• Heavyweight

Fury heading for Chagaev clash

ESPN staff
August 25, 2012
Tyson Fury has won all 19 of his professional fights © PA Photos

British prospect Tyson Fury claims he is on course to battle Ruslan Chagaev, the former WBA heavyweight champion.

Fury, 24, is unbeaten from 19 professional contests, but has hardly been tested in each of his last four, against the likes of Vinny Maddalone and Nicolai Firtha.

He has now opted to answer his critics by going after Chagaev, who brings an impressive pedigree. He claimed the WBA crown in 2007 and made two defences before a defeat to Wladimir Klitschko two years later.

He was unsuccessful in a bid to reclaim that title last year, losing to Alexander Povetkin, but since then has bounced back with two victories - and Fury has been impressed by the 33-year-old.

"He's top ten in the world, he's experienced, and I'm sure he's going to give me a tough fight," Fury told britishboxers.co.uk.

"I think he'd beat [Jean-Marc] Mormeck, and you got [people] like [Tomasz] Adamek avoiding the fight. You've got [Sergiy] Liakhovich [as another option]. I think Chagaev is the best of the lot."

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