• Heavyweight

Fury: Klitschkos are bad for boxing

ESPN staff
January 30, 2013
Tyson Fury beat Kevin Johnson on points in December 2012, as Vitali Klitschko did three years earlier © PA Photos

Tyson Fury has launched a scathing attack on heavyweight boxing champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, promising to "rid the sport" of the Ukrainians if he is given the chance to join either of them in the ring.

Fury's long-standing demands for a fight with either of the Klitschko brothers have fallen on deaf ears to date, with the former British and Commonwealth champion targeting the WBC belt currently held by Vitali Klitschko after beating Kevin Johnson on points in December 2012.

"I'm going to snatch that WBC title," Fury, currently ranked fourth by the WBC, told BoxingScene.com. "There's a big queue of people trying to get it in front of me, but they're not ranked in front of me. I'm ready to go - why not let me fight next?"

Vitali, 41, and 36-year-old Wladimir - the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion - are approaching the end of their boxing careers. But 24-year-old Fury remains desperate for a shot at them in the ring, despite claiming that boxing will be better off once they hang up their gloves.

"I don't like either Klitschko," Fury added. "They're bad for everything to do with boxing. As soon as I get hold of them and rid the sport of them the better - that's genuinely what I feel.

"They jab someone to death, when they have someone hurt they won't jump on them and finish them. They've got to be screamed at and shouted at."

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