Young UK heavyweight Tyson Fury has always been outspoken, perhaps talking trash well beyond his years, but he's not crazy: Fury is not planning to target Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko no matter what happens on Saturday when he faces Dereck Chisora.
"I simply don’t feel I’m ready for a fight with the Klitschko brothers yet. I wouldn’t want to agree to a fight where I’m just making up the numbers. I’m still learning and I want to get more fights in before I even think of jumping up to that level. I need more experience and the only way to get that is by having plenty of learning fights. I’ve said from the start that I want to get to the top the old-fashioned way – and that’s by winning the British title, then the European and then I’ll start looking at a world title."
Fury (14-0, 10 KO) has plenty to say about Chisora, and even recently threatened to kill him in their fight. The 23-year-old Mancunian did apologize for that, but still had plenty to say about the reigning British champ:
"Chisora can’t speak for himself. He’s like a puppet. He needs a puppet master to do the talking for him because he hasn’t got the brains to talk for himself. It seems to me that the people around him know that Chisora was able to bully other opponents, but he can’t do that with me."
Chisora (14-0, 9 KO) won the British belt against Danny Williams last year, though Williams was in rotten shape and basically hadn't trained, all but forfeiting the belt. The Zimbabwean-born fighter hasn't fought since last September, when he successfully defended against Sam Sexton. Since then, he's had two canceled dates with Wladimir Klitschko, one in December and one in April. The inactivity could be a problem on Saturday, but we'll see.
Chisora vs Fury is available from Integrated Sports PPV in the United States, and also on Channel 5 in the UK. We will have live coverage on Saturday afternoon.