TODAY PROMOTER FRANK WARREN confirmed that Tyson Fury will
headline London's O2 Arena on Saturday February 28, in his final fight before
going on to challenge for the WBO World Heavyweight
The undefeated Manchester star will face a top 15 ranked
contender to be announced, as he keeps busy ahead of a long-awaited
shot at reigning WBO World Champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury put on the best performance of his career last month when
Dereck Chisora for a second time, completely shutting out the
Londoner with a dominant performance over ten rounds before Chisora
was retired by his corner.
With the win, Fury took Chisora's European title and also won
the vacant British title for a second time, plus securing the
number one spot in the WBO rankings and mandatory challenger
position to the Ukrainian great.
The 26-year-old will take a break over Christmas and begin
training again in early January, as he will know the identity of
his challenger by then.
"It's great to have my first fight of the year up and announced
so now I can go away, have a break over Christmas and then get back
in the gym with a goal to aim for," said Fury.
"When I haven't got a fight lined up I find it hard to
concentrate, I need that focus to aim towards. At least I know I'm
fighting on February 28 and then I've got the WBO World title fight
"I'll have my opponent confirmed shortly and then I'll let my
trainer and uncle Peter get on with setting up the training camp
and fight plans.
"The win against Chisora was very satisfying because I showed
that I'm not just a crash, bang, wallop fighter. I can box clever
and take someone apart clinically.
"I'm now the mandatory challenger to Klitschko and there's no
way he can dodge me. He can either vacate the title or defend the
title against me. Either way I'm going to fight for the world title
"Klitschko can have his fight in March, but then he knows he's
got me next. He's run from me for the last two years and now he
knows that I'm a reality and I'm next.
"He can be a fighting man and show the world he's not scared by
defending his title against me or prove what I've been saying about
him for the last few years by vacating the title.
"Ideally I want to fight the man who is holding the belt, the
champion, this so called great Wladimir Klitschko. I don't want the
vacant belt, I want Klitschko."
Warren revealed that he contacted the Klitschko camp to try and
make the fight between Tyson and Wladimir for March, but has had no
He said, "I emailed Klitschko's business manager Bernd Boente to
try and cut through all the tape and make the fight for March, but
I've not had a response back from them yet.
"That's fine, but they'll have to sit down and negotiate after
Klitschko has had his fight or we can go to purse bids. Either way,
Fury's going to fight for the world title this year.
"We'll have Tyson's opponent confirmed shortly, but the main
thing is that he keeps busy as he's only fought twice in a
year-and-a-half and this next fight will keep him active before he
fights again in the summer.
"Tyson is the mandatory challenger to Klitschko and it's a
position we want to preserve. Klitschko is the long reigning
champion, the guy who holds all the belts and ideally we want him
to defend the title against Tyson.
"Obviously Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder fight on January
17 and the winner of that could be another potential avenue for
Fury. If an opportunity comes up there then it will be worth
exploring, but it's Klitschko who we want."
The multi-title show will also feature the return of Chris
Eubank Jr, who makes his comeback after his first
career loss to Billy Joe Saunders last month.
Cromer ace Liam Walsh will defend his British and Commonwealth
Super-Featherweight titles and Bradley Skeete will be returning to
action and challenging for the vacant WBO European Welterweight
Big-hitting Enfield star Frank Buglioni will be making the first
defence, in his second reign of the WBO European Super-Middleweight
title and Erith talent Lewis Pettitt will defend his WBA
International Super-Bantamweight Championship.
Exciting welterweight Ahmet Patterson will be defending his
English Welterweight Championship against Sunderland's undefeated
Glenn Foot and the fight will also be an Eliminator for the British
Ticket details will be released shortly.