I’ll go back to Ger­many and take out Kl­itschko again, roars Fury

New cham­pion happy to make trip if Ukrainian in­vokes his re­match clause

The Herald - Sport - - BOX­ING - PHIL BAR­NETT

TYSON FURY is happy to re­turn to Ger­many and do it all over again if Wladimir Kl­itschko ex­er­cises a re­match clause after the Bri­ton de­throned the vet­eran to be­come world heavy­weight cham­pion.

Man­cu­nian Fury pro­duced a fluid per­for­mance of poise and pa­tience to snatch the Ukrainian’s WBA, IBF and WBO ti­tles in Dus­sel­dorf on Satur­day with a clear points vic­tory.

He looks set to have to re­peat the feat in his next fight, how­ever, with Kl­itschko hav­ing the op­tion of a re­match.

Fury has no prob­lem giv­ing the 39-year-old vet­eran his chance, even if it is in Ger­many again.

“It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter to me where I fight,” he said.

“Ja­pan, Turkey, Azer­bai­jan, Amer­ica – wher­ever it has to be, it has to be.

“I’d like to come back to Ger­many again to fight Wlad. I en­joyed it here and I got a great re­cep­tion from the Ger­man fans.

“The Ger­man peo­ple showed me some love and I tried my best to en­ter­tain.”

Fury is al­ready fo­cus­ing on the re­match to the ex­tent he rub­bished talk of a uni­fi­ca­tion fight with the Amer­i­can WBC cham­pion Deon­tay Wilder.

Wilder tweeted overnight: “I see you @Tyson-Fury.... £ImCom­ingForYou”

But Fury said: “Why do we need to men­tion Deon­tay Wilder? Let’s laugh at his name, shall we?

“Wladimir Kl­itschko was the num­ber one in the di­vi­sion. Prob­a­bly the pound­for-pound king, what­ever that means. This man has been on top of the world and reigned for nine years.

“With Floyd May­weather gone, Wlad took his place and I just took him out.

“So why would I be both­ered about a novice like Wilder?

“He’s a bas­ket­ball player who took up box­ing a cou­ple of years ago. I’m a true nat­u­ral fighter. I’ve been do­ing it all my life. You get horses and dogs and it’s bred into them to be what they are, whether it’s race­horses or show dogs. And it’s bred into me to be a fighter.

“So, if Deon­tay Wilder wants a uni­fi­ca­tion fight he is go­ing to have to wait, be­cause Wladimir Kl­itschko has a round two....ding ding ding!”

Fury ad­mit­ted he was ner­vous as he waited for the judges’ scores of 115-112 (twice) and 116-111 to be an­nounced.

“I was very anx­ious wait­ing for the de­ci­sion,” he said.

“After be­ing de­ducted a point (for foul­ing) I knew it would make it closer and you never can tell, so I was very, very happy when I got the re­sult.

“It’s a great hon­our to be sat here with all these belts as the heavy­weight cham­pion of the world. It has not come eas­ily. I’ve had 25 fights now and come through three world ti­tle elim­i­na­tors so I earned my right.

“I’ve not been given any­thing for free. I waited in line and earned the right to fight.”

He added: “All the hard work has been re­warded with these belts and to be able to put my­self along­side leg­ends and call my­self the heavy­weight cham­pion of the world is the ic­ing on the cake.

“We started at the bot­tom and got to the top. Ev­ery­one wrote us off and said we had no chance but we kept faith. We came here and we did it.”

The for­mer cham­pion Kl­itschko will now seek some quiet re­flec­tion be­fore de­cid­ing his next move.

“A de­feat is a learn­ing process,” said Kl­itschko.

“It’s too early to say any­thing now. It needs to be di­gested prop­erly. I got beaten and I lost the bat­tle but I did not lose the fighter. The fighter is still in­side me. He al­ways has been.

“We’ll see how the cookie crum­bles, work it all out and let you all know.”

Mean­while, Tyson has been warned by Len­nox Lewis to tone down his an­tics after win­ning the world heavy­weight ti­tle.

The Man­cu­nian fighter dressed as Bat­man in the run-up to the fight and was in­volved in ver­bal spats with Kl­itschko, la­belling him bor­ing and ro­botic as well as say­ing he was only in­ter­ested in break­ing his face.

He also sang Aero­smith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing in the ring after vic­tory in Dus­sel­dorf and made ho­mo­pho­bic re­marks in a news­pa­per in­ter­view in the build-up to the fight, but for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion Lewis has warned Fury he is now a role model.

“Now he’s cham­pion he has to be­have him­self a lit­tle bit more be­cause there are a lot of kids and peo­ple look­ing up to him,” said Lewis.

“There are a lot of dif­fer­ent box­ers and peo­ple who will have a lot of things to say about him. If you al­low (Fury) to say what he wants with­out com­ing back then you are soft to him. He won’t re­spect you un­less you di­rectly come back at him.

“But he’s a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter in the heavy­weight scene. His char­ac­ter cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion of peo­ple.”

I’d like to come back to Ger­many again to fight Wlad. I en­joyed it here and I got a great re­cep­tion from the Ger­man fans

JUST CHAM­PION: Tyson Fury shows off his new belts after de­feat­ing Wlad­mir Kl­itschko in Dus­sel­dorf on Satur­day

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