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Fury plans Wladimir Klitschko 'manhunt'

ESPN staff
March 18, 2013

Tyson Fury claims multi-belt heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko is running scared of him and feels he will retire rather than put his WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO & Ring titles on the line.

Fury has been climbing the heavyweight ladder and has amassed a 20-0 record as a professional. His next fight is against Steve Cunningham at Madison Square Garden in April, but he is already looking beyond the American to bigger fish.

The 6ft 9in 24-year-old says he will conduct a manhunt in a bid to corner Klitschko, but he feels the Ukrainian has no intention of giving the green light to a fight.

"This win will put me in the No. 2 spot with the IBF and I am going to go on a manhunt, all around the world, to get a fight with Wladimir Klitschko," Fury told fightnews.com. "Wherever he looks, he will see me. But he doesn't want to fight me.

"He could've fought me next, but he chose [Francesco] Pianeta instead, which is a much easier fight for him. I think Wladimir will retire instead of facing me. He doesn't want to fight me and I can't really blame him."

A bullish Fury continued: "But the thing is, I don't need him, he needs me. When he retires, I'll fight for the vacant titles and I'll build my own legacy. Next up after Cunningham will probably be [Kubrat] Pulev, but I'll fight anybody.

"Right now, I'm focused on destroying Cunningham. If a final [IBF] eliminator with Pulev comes up next I'll take it; if an elimination with the Arreola-Stiverne winner (WBC) comes up I'll take that. Whichever fight comes up first, I'll take."

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