• Heavyweight

Fury 'months' away from world title

ESPN staff
April 16, 2013
Tyson Fury believes victory against Steve Cunningham will set up a title shot © PA Photos

Tyson Fury believes he will be a world champion in a matter of months, with a shot at the winner of the WBC title fight between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne on offer should he see off Steve Cunningham on Saturday.

The former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, unbeaten in 20 professional fights, arrives in New York this week ahead of his American debut against Cunningham at Madison Square Garden.

And the Manchester-born 24-year-old cannot wait to justify his decision to vacate his domestic belts in 2012 to concentrate on the pursuit of world titles.

"WBC president Jose Sulaiman has said I will become the mandatory challenger for the belt and that is a massive incentive for me to win here," Fury told the Daily Star.

"I am not far off it and, within a few months, I should have the world title I have dreamed of from when I was a kid. Believe me, I know I can become a world champion."

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