By Jack Price @PriceyJ97.
British heavyweight Tyson Fury took a big step up on December 1st when he stepped in the ring with former world title contender Kevin 'Kingpin' Johnson. Fury out-boxed his experienced opponent over 12 rounds and won a shut-out unanimous decision.
The 24-year old is now looking to continue his journey to the top and the only way he can do this is by fighting the very best out there in the heavyweight division. According to Fury and his camp, the 6"9 giant is looking to set up a fight with either Klitschko brother in the summer of next year. So before then we will hopefully see him step up in class a few more times and take on some of the world title contenders that are also competing for No.1 spot in the rankings.
We caught up with Tyson's uncle and trainer Peter Fury who is also expecting a big year for his nephew.
"Yes I'm satisfied as (Kevin) Johnson was after the one punch KO and his tactics was to draw Tyson in take shots to set up his own," said Peter when asked if he was pleased with Tyson's most recent performance. "Defence needs more improvement. But on the whole very controlled boxing."
"Next year he's going for the title whoever wants it. If its Vitali (Klitschko) great or the brother (Wladimir) it's also good. He's going to have another fight in march then he should be ready."
Peter then went on to talk about Tyson's next fight and where it may possibly be. He also stated that there are no British heavyweights in his nephew's current plans.
"We have not looked at possible opponents yet as Johnson was our priority but one of the top ten guys next," said Fury. "We'll have a look over the Xmas and decide next. Venue I'm looking we're looking to bring Tyson to America so the garden looks promising for Saint Patrick's day March 17th."
"I'm not interested in any Brit opponent. There's only (David) Price and he needs to earn a shot and step up before he can think of Tyson."
"Next year Tyson can be world champion. There's still work to fulfil that goal but for sure he has the talent to be lasting world champion... Over the next 6 months we will hone his skills and look how he is with his next fight in March, if I feel from that he's ready we will go for the title. If not we will send him out again until I'm convinced he's ready.
Unless I'm sure we will not go for the title. We want the win not a challenge."
It's clear to see that Tyson Fury is a changed man after all of the time and effort that his uncle has put into training him, and that's in and out of the ring. He is now boxing with a cool and controlled style and also looks to be in the best shape of his life. This has come from harder and more effective training methods and also a well-planned out diet. If this continues and he continues to improve at the rate he has been, I think we could be looking at the next British heavyweight world champion.
We can expect to see a lot from Fury in 2013. He may be on his way to the very top of the sport but he still has a lot to prove. The heavyweight division is slowly moving back to the exciting action-packed division it use to be and Fury may find himself right in the centre of it.
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