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Former Irish champ Fury in Klitschko talks

FORMER Irish Champion Tyson Fury is closing in fast on his dream clash with WBO World Champion Wladimir Klitschko, following the Ukrainian’s victory over Bryant Jennings.

The WBO will now order a 30-day negotiating period to start between both promotional camps to reach an agreement for the mouth-watering showdown. If an agreement is not reached in the given period then a purse bid will be set for the fight.

Promoter Frank Warren, in association with Mick Hennessy, will now look to bring the fight to the UK and stage it at an outdoor stadium in one of the biggest heavyweight fights on these shores in recent years.

Klitschko dominated American challenger Jennings at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday night to win on all three judges’ scorecards and keep the WBO, WBA Super, IBF and IBO World titles, televised live on BoxNation.

It was Klitschko’s 18th successful defence of the WBO crown in his two reigns as world champion and he said after that his mandatory challenger Fury would next.

Undefeated Fury, the WBO number one-ranked and WBO International Champion, defeated Christian Hammer in February with a stunning eighth round stoppage. He is confident that he will be the man to end the reign of the modern day great.

“Again, Klitschko did what he had to do against Jennings and won,” said Fury.

“It was the same as it always is though, the smaller man trying to get inside Klitschko’s jab with him holding and leaning, although he was slightly more aggressive against Jennings.

“Let’s see him try that against someone who’s the same size as he is; younger, stronger, fitter, faster and with a knockout punch – me.

“I still haven’t seen anything he does to concern or worry me at all, I’m just supremely confident that I’ll be the man to end his reign on the throne and begin the Fury era.

“The heavyweight division has been dull for over a decade, I’m going to shake it up and bring back the sparkle.”


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