Tyson Fury is trying to work his way into a fight with Wladimir Klitschko. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is mapping out a course that will lead him to a fight with Wladimir Klitschko, and he first wants to take down another major titleholder before facing the best in the world. From the Daily Star:
"After this fight (Nov. 12 vs Neven Pajkic) I think I’m two fights away from facing Klitschko. I’m improving with every fight so I will be ready in three fights for Klitschko – I’m nearly ready now. ... [Alexander] Povetkin’s promoter is not happy about me fighting him because I’m younger, hungrier, faster and more powerful. Povetkin and then Klitschko are going to have to fight me sooner or later because I’ve got a top-ten ranking with the governing bodies."
Fury (16-0, 11 KO) is one of the few talented fighters in the sport who actually is as tall or taller than the Klitschko brothers -- at 6'9", he has a couple of inches on both Wladimir or Vitali. And at 23, he really does improve from fight-to-fight. Although he showed vulnerabilities against Nicolai Firtha in his last outing, that's also just part of his style.
And his apparent desire to face Povetkin -- which would come after defending the British title against the David Price vs John McDermott winner, in theory -- is nice to see, too. Fury talks about fighting Wladimir frequently, but he also doesn't seem to want to rush right into it, even if he says he's almost ready. The fights he's talking about taking beforehand are legitimate fights, serious tests for him.
Fury is a big, charismatic, exciting fighter who is picking up steam in the U.K. press and is someone I could see being successful with American fans, too. He's going to lose some fights -- I don't think he can beat Wladimir on his best day without Wladimir being injured -- but he's going to have a fun career.
As for the others involved here, Price vs McDermott is taking place on November 19, while Klitschko faces Jean Marc Mormeck in an absurd matchup on December 10, and Povetkin defends his "regular" WBA belt against Cedric Boswell on December 3.