Fury closer to Klitschko bout after win

Published Sunday, 02 December 2012
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Tyson Fury's unanimous points win over American Kevin 'Kingpin' Johnson in Belfast takes him one step closer to a shot at the WBC world heavyweight title, despite his cautious approach.

Fury closer to Klitschko bout after win
Kevin Johnson and Tyson Fury in action at the Odyssey Arena. (© Pacemaker)

Fury, 24, stuck to his game plan throughout Saturday night's eliminator at the Odyssey Arena to take the victory and keep his unbeaten record intact after 20 fights.

Nine years younger than his opponent, he was rarely troubled by Johnson but never intended to go out and get a knock-out against the 33-year-old - however disappointed that left the fans.

"He's not a guy to go and smash up. He's a world class fighter," Fury told Channel 5.

"I boxed to a game plan and vowed not to let my heart get the better of me."

Credit Kevin Johnson - he's a slippery, slippery guy and I never went in to knock him out.

Tyson Fury

After an uninspiring first five rounds, Fury looked more convincing in the sixth. But he was docked a point in the next round, before making more of an impression with a combination in the eighth.

Johnson, who had only been beaten twice previously - once by Klitschko in 2009 - accused him of fighting "smart but boring".

"They stuck to a very smart game plan," he said.

"Not one time did he come out with that anger and aggression and, towards the end, it got very boring."

In his 20 professional wins, Fury has racked up 15 knockouts.

He's now just one fight away from earning a shot at the title, currently held by 41-year-old Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
tom in bangor wrote (786 days ago):
the so called fight was boring, we seen tyson for what he is, a big clumsy oaf.how he thinks he will win a world title is beyond me, what medication is he on?
big wooden one in dundonald wrote (787 days ago):
ryan you have as much chance as fury to win the world heavyweight crown, he is a big wooden one, david hay would kill him in the ring, i even think that he is scared to fight price?
roy in ards wrote (789 days ago):
the so called fight was that good that the crowded booed them.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (789 days ago):
Well done Tyson, hope you get a shot at the World Heavyweight.
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