In the post-fight press conference after Tyson Fury had beaten Kevin Johnson, both the winning boxer and promoter Mick Hennessy were emphatic that they were firmly fixed on challenging Vitali Klitschko for a stadium, world title fight next summer.
Hennessy confirmed that he had already contacted Bernd Boente and was due to follow up later this month to try and negotiate the terms of a world title fight.
Below are selected quotes regarding Fury calling out the Klitschko brothers as well as his thoughts on other heavyweight contenders as well as “Paper Champion” Alexander Povetkin.
Fury calls out Vitali and Vladimir: “Vitali is an old man, 41 or 42 year old, he aint the same Vitali that fought Kevin Johnson. Derek Chisora – a journeyman, took him and pushed him close. This other guy Manuel Charr was landing shots on him. Anyone with a pair of eyes can see that Vitali is on his way down now. He will not fight me – he will hang his gloves up first. There’s a challenge, I want you Vitali or your brother Vladimir – lets get it on!”
Fury on his original opponent Denis Boytsov: “Boytsov struggled with Vinny Maddalone. Vinny Maddalone gave him a 50-50 fight. It could have been a draw in Germany, but he lost every round on the cards. I played with Vinny Maddalone, he didn't land a punch on me.
“There have been a lot of so-called top fighters who have been offered the fight on plenty of notice – not one of them stepped forward. I’ll name and shame them.”
The list of names that Fury claimed that turned down the fight for various reasons included: Tor Hamer, Ruslan Chagaev, Michael Grant, Jonathan Banks, David Haye, Eddie Chambers and Tomas Adamek. When asked if Povetkin was offered the fight, Fury was particularly scathing: “Povetkin is a complete pussy! Povetkin don't want no part of me. I have been after Povetkin when I was a fat and out of shape kid and I would have beat him then.
"Let’s see what he can do Povetkin, WBA paper champion. Bring him to the table. Let's see if he wants a fight! I don't think he does, he has been offered it a lot of times. If he does, I’ll sit him on his head!”