Klitschko vs Tyson Fury negotiations have taken place for 2013 fight, says Hennessy

Christopher Lee

Promoter Mick Hennessy says he's spoken with the Klitschko camp about a potential fight next year, with Wladimir the likely brother to face Tyson Fury.

Tyson Fury could be closing in on a really big fight for next spring, or it could just be fight week talk to get the fighter's name in the press. Either way, promoter Mick Hennessy tells the Daily Mirror he's had negotiations with Team Klitschko about Fury facing one of the brothers, most likely Wladimir, in the spring.

"The fight with Wladimir will be a stadium fight and we would be looking to do it in May, June or July. Germany would be the favourite place for it to happen, but I've spoken to them about Old Trafford or Croke Park.

"They are ­businessmen and we know that it would sell out. They would prefer to work with us rather than any other candidates."

Fury (19-0, 14 KO) faces former Vitali victim Kevin Johnson this Saturday in Belfast, and would obviously need to avoid an upset in that fight to even consider fighting the Klitschkos soon. Fury's team has hemmed and hawed on the subject through his recent fights, alternating between saying he is a fight or two away, and saying he's got all the time in the world.

But the Klitschkos have run out of fresh opponents, to the point that this year, their most credible opponents were Dereck Chisora and Mariusz Wach. Rising UK heavyweights Fury and David Price -- who fights on Friday against Matt Skelton -- have had their names mentioned more and more as possible Klitschko foes in the near future, and with the fall of American project Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell, demand to see one of the division's young guns against Wladimir or Vitali before they all destruct or the brothers retire will probably just keep going up.

Whether or not Hennessy is seriously considering doing a fight in the late spring or early summer is another question, but he's put it out there. Now we'll see if they dismiss such talk as foolish, rushing nonsense should Fury beat Johnson on Saturday.

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