Klitschko will be focusing on Jennings before Fury…
Tyson Fury has revealed that he would prefer to face Wladimir Klitschko before he takes on American rival Deontay Wilder.
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Fury is in action on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London as he faces Christian Hammer hoping to keep busy but also to defend his position as Klitschko’s mandatory challenger.
Although he has his eyes firmly set on the WBO title, held by Klitschko, speculation has linked the 26-year-old with both champions in the division and he has revealed who he is prioritising at this stage.
“It’s definitely a mouth-watering clash between me and Deontay Wilder,” Fury told Sky Sports.
“Potentially it could happen as soon as possible but, then again, I am mandatory for Klitschko so I might have to do that fight first.
“I’d choose Wlad because he’s rated as the No 1 in the division and he has most of the belts apart from one.
“The reason I’d choose him is because he’s so dominant and he’s ruled the division for 10 years, nobody can beat him. I’m going to be the man to topple him, then I’ll fight Wilder and beat him as well.”
Fury has seemingly put a frustrating period in his career behind him after months of inactivity due to postponements, and he certainly looked impressive against Dereck Chisora last time out.
Klitschko will have his more immediate focus on Bryant Jennings ahead of their bout on April 25 at Madison Square Garden, but it is likely that his team will enter negotiations with Fury’s camp if he comes through successfully.
Nevertheless, Wilder is an interesting part of this triangle after winning the WBC belt in January and there is also a possibility that Klitschko will want to unify the division first.
Whether or not he is granted his wish with Fury waiting as his mandatory challenger remains to be seen, but what is clear is that they have more pressing matters to attend to before they can start talks.