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New world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury willing to give Klitschko shot at revenge

By Phil Barnett

Tyson Fury has told World heavyweight title rival Deontay Wilder to wait his turn if he wants a shot at the unified champion.

Mancunian Fury produced a fluid performance of poise and patience to snatch Wladimir Klitschko's WBA, IBF and WBO titles in Dusseldorf on Saturday with a clear points victory.

And he looks likely to have to repeat the feat in his next fight, with Klitschko having the option of a rematch if he feels he can reverse the result.

Fury has no problem giving the 39-year-old veteran his chance, even if it is in Germany again - and means any unification bout with WBC champion Wilder is put on the backburner.

"Why do we need to mention Deontay Wilder?" he asked. "Let's laugh at his name, shall we? Wladimir Klitschko was the number one in the division. Probably the pound-for-pound king. This man has been on top of the world and reigned for nine years.

"With Floyd Mayweather now retired, Wladimir Klitschko took his place and I just took him out. So why would I be bothered about a novice like Wilder?

"He's a basketball player who took up boxing a couple of years ago. I'm a true natural fighter.

"I've been doing it all my life. You get horses and dogs and it's bred into them to be what they are, whether it's racehorses or show dogs. And it's bred into me to be a fighter.

"So, if Deontay Wilder wants a unification fight he is going to have to wait, because Wladimir Klitschko has a round two... ding ding ding!"

While Wilder may have to wait in line, David Haye will be getting nothing, according to Fury.

Haye - who lost dismally against Klitschko in July 2011 - is coming out of retirement in January to restart an assault at the title he once held and Fury now owns.

During his on-off retirement over the last three years, Haye twice pulled out of fights with Fury and the new champion is in no mood to forgive.

Fury has said he would rather give unbeaten cousin Hughie a shot at the World title rather than fighting old rival Haye.

Twenty-seven-year-old Fury has no plans whatsoever to give Haye a "payday".

He said: "Let me put it this way: I would rather make a voluntary defence, for all those titles, against Hughie Fury than David Haye.

"That's saying something, isn't it? Because Hughie is my first cousin.

"But I'd rather give Hughie a shot than David Haye. How's that?"

Speaking at a press conference at Bolton Wanderers' Macron Stadium - where he spent time training for the Klitschko fight - the new World heavyweight champion was greeted by around 40 cameras and up to 100 reporters.

But Fury admitted he was sick of talking about boxing after an intense week in Germany.

He did, however, reveal that he was so paranoid about potential underhand tactics he refused to drink water on fight night unless he had bought it himself, for fear of being drugged.

"I had good information from some good resources not to touch anything at all in the changing rooms because they might try and drug you," he said.

"Someone tried to pass me some water, and unless it was sealed and contained from my own baggage, there was no chance.

"I went home dehydrated before I even touched anything. I was so frightened of being drug tested and failing the drugs test.

"I didn't want to take drinks or food from anyone apart from myself."

He added: "They (the Klitschko team) tried it with the gloves, and gave me the wrong gloves in the end.

"They weren't the same gloves I agreed to at an earlier date. Then they put six inches of memory foam all over the ring and there was a big argument, the fight was nearly called off (a layer of foam was removed before the fight did go ahead).

"Then he had his bandages and wraps on his hands before we came into the changing room. So he had to take them off and do it all over again, supervised."

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