But let's just imagine this is true and we are actually going to see Fury dive into the deep end and challenge the No.1 heavyweight in the world next year... Is it too early for him?
According to Fury, Klitschko is looking to face Alexander Povetkin early next year and then a fight between them could take place around the summer of 2013. If this is the case, then that only really gives Fury two or three more outings before they meet. And to be honest with you, I don't think that's enough time to prepare himself for that level.
He's scheduled to face Kevin Johnson this weekend, which is a good step up for him. If he wants to progress to the elite level by May/June/July he needs to take a big leap up in class in each fight before then. If I was his matchmaker I'd try to get him straight in with Robert Helenius in the early stages of next year and then against someone at fringe world level (Eddie Chambers, Chris Arreola, Johnathan Banks etc) around April time. If the 6"9 giant impresses in fights against this level of opposition then yes, he will deserve a fight with Wladimir Klitschko who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
It would actually be easier for him if Fury took the route of the WBC title. He is already ranked at No.3 by them and the current champion Vitali Klitschko doesn't seem to have long left in the sport. However, the 24-year old seems reluctant to go down this route.
"I don't want to fight any other idiots in the division, its Wladimir or nobody," Fury toldboxingscene.com. "I've no interest in fight Vitali. I'm not interested in fighting an old guy who is on the slide."
"I think Vitali will retire in December. The WBC title is going to be vacant and Chris Arreola will fight for it against Denis Boytsov or Johnathan Banks. But I want to fight the No.1 in the division with all the belts... Why fight for one when I can fight for all of them against Wladimir?"
I never thought I would be saying this, but it looks like Fury is winning the race against David Price when it comes stepping up in level. I always thought he'd leave it until its too late and still don't think he's as talented as Pricey, but at the moment he's proving me wrong and taking the risks you need to take to be a champion in this sport.
By Jack Price @PriceyJ97 - PriceyBoxing@gmail.com