• David Haye v Tyson Fury

Fury sets sights on world champion Klitschko

ESPN staff
September 20, 2013
Tyson Fury is convinced he will see off David Haye in Manchester © PA Photos

Tyson Fury insists he will use his upcoming British blockbuster bout with David Haye as a "stepping stone" to a world title challenge against WBA champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury and Haye touch gloves in Manchester on September 28 and, since agreeing to fight, both have been involved in a heated battle of trash talk.

However, undefeated Fury is determined he will leave the ring victorious and is already setting his sights on a title bout with Klitschko - who defends his belt against Alexander Povetkin on October 5.

"Whatever he brings to the table I can overcome. I'm younger, fitter, bigger, stronger," Fury told BBC Sport. "I look at David Haye as a mug, a stepping stone to a fight against Wladimir Klitschko.

"I'm already number one in Britain and I want to be number one in the world. I think Wladimir might retire after his fight against Alexander Povetkin which I'd really hate, although it would leave the landscape wide open for me.

"If I'm any good I beat him [Haye]. If I don't beat him I'm not as good as I thought I was - in fact, I'm useless. But David Haye is underestimating me and anyone who is underestimating me is in for a shock - I'm the best heavyweight on the planet.

"He believes that because I've been put down a couple of times he can get a big right hand on me and I'm going to go down and not get back up."

Haye defeated Nikolay Valuev to win the WBA title in 2009 before surrendering the belt to Klitschko when they fought in Hamburg two years later.

The 32-year-old saw off long-time British rival Dereck Chisora in his last outing in July 2012, but Fury believes Haye is facing his last time to make a mark on the world heavyweight division.

"I don't think he's going to run around the ring this time - he's going to bring it because it's his last chance to prove he's got something left.

"But he's always had stamina problems and he hasn't got a good work-rate. He's going to sleep and he's going to need someone to sing him a goodnight song - that might be me."

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