Kl­itschko faces bout of Fury

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

NEW YORK — World heavy­weight boxing cham­pion Wladimir Kl­itschko’s (pic­tured) next ti­tle de­fence is likely to be a manda­tory WBA bout against Bri­ton Tyson Fury, the Ukrainian said in the early hours of Sun­day.

“I just got the news that I am ob­li­gated to sat­isfy my manda­to­ries (ti­tle de­fences),” Kl­itschko, who holds the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring Mag­a­zine belts, said af­ter win­ning a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Amer­i­can chal­lenger Bryant Jen­nings.

“The way it looks, Tyson Fury is go­ing to be my next chal­lenger.”

Kl­itschko im­proved to 64-3 with his victory at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Fury is 24-0.

Kl­itschko said he would pre­fer adding the last belt, the WBC one held by Amer­i­can Deon­tay Wilder, to com­plete his col­lec­tion but would have to wait un­til next year for that chance. The Ukrainian, who has held a share of the heavy­weight crowns for nine years run­ning, said ne­go­ti­a­tions would begin soon on a fight against Fury.

“Ob­vi­ously a fight with Tyson Fury is not go­ing to be in the United States,” he said. “I think this fight needs to hap­pen in Europe. I know that he’s the WBA manda­tory. It’s some­thing that I have to do.

“Fight­ing Fury in Ger­many or in Great Bri­tain, that’s some­thing we have to fig­ure out. It’s some­thing we have to work out.”

— Reuters

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