Vitali now on Tyson Fury’s radar after latest Odyssey victory

Tyson Fury lands a shot on American Kevin Johnson on Saturday night
Tyson Fury lands a shot on American Kevin Johnson on Saturday night

Tyson Fury is setting his sights on the Klitschko brothers after seeing off Kevin Johnson in a WBC World title eliminator at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday night.

Fury – now unbeaten after 20 professional fights – outclassed, outboxed and outthought Johnson to claim an easy points victory.

The giant heavyweight now believes he is ready to take on the challenge of World champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko in the coming months.

And he believes the time is right to face WBC World champ Vitali.

“Vitali is an old man. He is 42 or 43 years of age. He is not the same Vitali of five years ago.

“Anyone with a pair of eyes can see he is on the slide.

“Dereck Chisora pushed him hard. Manuel Childs landed shots on him.

“I bet you any money he will not fight me. He will hang his gloves up before he faces me in the ring.

“And here is a challenge to Vitali and his brother Wladimir – let’s get it on.

“Vitali won’t fight me, he’s on the slide and he will not want to fight a 24-year old, 6ft 9inches heavyweight who is on the way up.

“He isn’t going to fight me and if he doesn’t want to fight me, let his brother step-up and fight me,” he added.

Fury was just too good for Johnson but he admitted that the American was a very tricky operator.

“I am here to win and that is what I did tonight.

“I had a game plan tonight, I executed it perfectly and I am not a one trick pony.

“And if you look at my last four fights I have had a different game plan every time.

“I fought southpaw, I switched, I stood and fought. I can box, I can fight, I can slip and slide and for this fight we looked at how he boxed and this guy is the most awkward guy in heavyweight boxing.”