Fury Wants To Follow In Klitschko’s Footsteps

Tyson Fury believes he can remain a world champion until he retires and that he can replicate the sustained dominance of the division like retired heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko.

Ukrainian Klitschko ruled the heavyweight division as undisputed world champion for over four years until he lost his titles in a surprise defeat to Fury in Germany in 2015.

Fury relinquished the titles as he was unable to defend them amid drug addiction struggles and mental health problems.

But the Briton has since bounced back impressively.

The unbeaten 31-year-old wants to stay at the top after regaining his WBC heavyweight belt in February with an emphatic win over Deontay Wilder, who he is due to face again once the coronavirus is subdued.

“I’ve won every single belt in boxing. From the English title to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world. All done, all finished. Considered the best, done,” Fury told Sky Sports on Tuesday.

“If I don’t box again, I’m happy, but if I do box again, then I continue to box. If we get past this thing, which hopefully we will, then we’re going to keep boxing and just keep taking on contenders.
“Klitschko did it until he was 40. A lot of the great champions are continuing, and continuing.

“I ain’t boxing for money, I ain’t boxing for fame, I ain’t boxing for a belt. I’m boxing because it keeps me mentally happy and I like to do it.”

A tantalising blockbuster reunification bout with fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles, was in the works before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

But the bout is now being planned for 2021 after Fury fulfils his contractual obligations for a third fight with Wilder.

While Fury contends he has nothing to prove, he admitted he doesn’t want to walk away from the ring when he is still at the peak of his power.

“Nothing to prove to anybody. Not one thing to prove at all, but I box now, because I love boxing and I’ve been doing it all my life,” he said.

“Why walk away when I’m still only young?”