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Fury sets sights on Mike Tyson record

ESPN staff
June 12, 2013
Hughie Fury beat Ladislav Kovarik at the weekend © PA Photos

Hughie Fury is taking a lead from his cousin by boldly predicting he will eclipse Mike Tyson to become the youngest heavyweight world champion in history.

Fury only turned professional in March, but has been busy and his win over Ladislav Kovarik at the weekend extended his winning sequence as a paid fighter.

The opposition he has faced has been limited but he will be out again at the weekend in Norwich and the 18-year-old is confident he is treading a path to greatness.

"I've got plenty of time," Hughie said. "I'm young, improving every single fight and I will beat Mike Tyson's record as the youngest heavyweight world champion."

Fury's cousin, the unbeaten heavyweight Tyson, has already bought in to the hype as he said earlier this week that he intends to clean up the division before stepping aside.

He said: "My plan is to knock out (David) Haye, then Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko. And then vacate a title for my younger cousin Hughie Fury to beat Mike Tyson's record to become youngest ever heavyweight champion,"

Mike Tyson won the heavyweight title aged 20 years four months and 22 days when he knocked out Trevor Berbick in November 1986 - eight years before Hughie Fury had even been born.

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