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Tyson Fury: I want Wladimir Klitschko next, then Deontay Wilder

By Scott Gilfoid: Fighting with his boxing trunks pulled up high to limit the punching area around his midsection, Britain’s Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) knocked out #3 WBO Christian Hammer (17-4, 10 KOs) by an 8th round TKO tonight in Fury’s stay busy fight at the O2 Arena, in London, England.

Fury is already the WBO heavyweight mandatory challenger for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Immediately after scoring the 8th round stoppage over a dreadful looking Hammer, Fury quickly barked that he wants to fight Wladimir next, and then after him he wants WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Never mind the fact that Fury likely won’t make it to the 4th round against Wladimir; Fury is still barking like he’s the better man but without the resume or visible skills to prove that.

“I would like to fight Wladimir first because No.1 he’s my mandatory,” Fury said via the “No. 2 he’s the best in the division, and No.3 because he is an easy fight. Then I’ll fight Wilder. I won’t be talking any interim fights. I’ll unify straight away.”

We don’t know yet if Fury will be getting the fight against Wladimir next or if the Ukrainian fighter will make a request to the World Boxing Organization to let him take an optional defense against someone after he finishes defending his titles against Bryant Jennings in their fight on April 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York.

If Wladimir asks the WBO to let him get an optional title defense in, I wouldn’t be surprised if they grant him permission. I mean, I think Wladimir has a lot of pull with the sanctioning bodies due to him being a world title holder for the past nine years.

Fury doesn’t have much pull, because he’s still young at 26, and he’s never actually fought anyone that I could call a good heavyweight. He did beat Dereck Chisora, a guy who lasted just five rounds with David Haye. That’s Fury’s claim to fame – beating Chisora. Believe me, there’s a huge difference between Chisora and the likes of Wladimir or Deontay Wilder.

It’s too bad Fury is looking to fight Wladimir next, because if he gets that fight, he’s likely to get sparked out in four rounds, and then there won’t any point of talking about a Fury-Wilder fight, because Fury will have been exposed. It’ll take ages for Fury to come back from a knockout loss to Wladimir.

Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy was talking about getting Wladimir to agree to come over to the UK to fight Fury over there. I don’t see that happening. Wladimir isn’t going to put himself at a disadvantage to where he might need a knockout in order to win. It’s nice that Mick is hoping that he can get Wladimir to come over to the UK to make the fight happen, but I don’t see this as being a reality.

The Fury-Wladimir fight will give Fury a career high payday, but unfortunately I don’t see it ending well for Fury. Yeah, he’ll get a good payday, but then after he loses the fight, he’ll be back to where he started from at the beginning of his career.

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