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Tyson Fury: 'I'm the best heavyweight since Lennox Lewis,' wants Klitschkos next

Tyson Fury says he wants to face one of the Klitschko brothers after he's past Kevin Johnson later today in Belfast, and that the likes of David Price and David Haye aren't in his league.

Christopher Lee

Tyson Fury has never been dry when it comes time for a colorful quote, and the 24-year-old heavyweight giant had a good one recently from Hennessy Sports:

"I'm the best heavyweight since Lennox Lewis and after this fight I want Vitali Klitschko or Wladmir Kliktschko. This man is getting smashed to bits. Forget about David Haye and David Price, they're not in my league and after I beat Johnson there's no American left who could take on the Klitschkos so that just leaves me.

"People haven't seen the best of me. I'm still only 24 but on Saturday night in Belfast you will see just how much I have improved and people won't believe the shape I'm in. I could have a 20-round war if I had to. I can fight, I can box, I do anything in the ring, nobody can live with me and that includes the Klitschkos."

Fury (19-0, 14 KO) must first get past Kevin Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KO) later today in Belfast, where he'll headline at the Odyssey Arena, televised by Channel 5 in the UK and WealthTV in the United States. The 6'9" former British and Commonwealth champion is making a lot of noise about fighting one of the Klitschkos, and Mick Hennessy says they have spoken with the brothers.

Hennessy says that Vitali is "very open" to a fight with Fury, but if the elder Klitschko were to retire -- he's due to make a decision on that in the near future -- Wladimir becomes a possibility. They are right that the Klitschkos are coming up very short on potential opponents, especially now that American prospect Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell has been blown to bits for the time being.

There is at least some possible credibility to the Fury vs Vitali talk, as the WBC recently sanctioned Fury-Johnson as an eliminator bout, despite just having one semi-final eliminator between Mitchell and Johnathon Banks, and one scheduled for January 26 between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne.

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