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Tyson aiming for world title fight at Croke Park

By David Kelly

Tyson Fury has big plans for 2013, including a World heavyweight title fight at Croke Park.

Fury returns to the ring on December 1 at the Odyssey Arena, with an opponent to be named shortly. Coach and uncle Peter has no doubt that he will take a significant step towards a world title assault.

Peter and Tyson have been away in Belgium at a training camp for the past couple of months but will spend the final four weeks preparing here for the Odyssey fight.

Now ranked four by the World Boxing Council, Tyson is well on his way to a shot at WBC World champion Vitali Klitschko, while a fight with bitter rival David Price does not seem to be on the radar.

Coach Peter said: “2013 is going to a very big year for Tyson. We want this fight at the Odyssey to be against a top opponent so that he will be moving very close to the mandatory position for a shot at Vitali.

“The problem for Tyson is a lot of the top ten fighters are now running scared of him.

“Take Ruslan Chagaev, for example, he said that he would need a lot more time to get ready for Tyson because he believed Tyson was so dangerous.

“He turned the fight down, Tomasz Adamek priced himself out of the fight — the easiest way to avoid taking a fight and Eddie Chambers also turned it down.

“Tyson is the best heavyweight in the world and a good win at the Odyssey could see him fighting for the World title next or maybe one more fight away.

“The Irish public have really got behind him, he has so many fans there and we want to bring the world title fight to Croke Park.

“Tyson’s Irish heritage means so much to him and to me so it would mean so much to him to bring the world title fight there.”

While Tyson, who stopped Martin Rogan in his last visit to the Odyssey in April, has recently been in a long Twitter dispute with British champion David Price, coach Peter feels it will be some time before they meet.

“David Price is two years behind Tyson in terms of his ranking and the opponents he has fought,” he argued.

“He hasn’t fought a live opponent yet, they’ve been dug up from the graveyard.

“That’s no disrespect to Price because he can only box the guys they put in front of him but if Tyson was to box him then it would be a step backwards at this point but I’m sure that eventually the public will demand it and the money will be put in place to make it happen.

“For now Tyson has to just focus on December 1.”

Uncle Peter has been at the heart of Fury’s development over the past 12 months when his fitness and commitment to the sport has gone through a dramatic change.

Peter, whose son Hughie will box at the World junior championships, added: “Tyson is in great shape. He hardly took a break from his last fight and he’s working very hard six days a week and everybody who comes along on December 1 is going to see that.

“He has come on a lot over the past 12 months, he has developed into a world class athlete and we’re really looking forward to the Odyssey.”

The supporting bill is expected to see former Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Darren Corbett taking on Rogan conqueror Sam Sexton at heavyweight, while Chris Eubank jnr is also expected to feature along with unbeaten Belfast light-middleweight Dee Walsh.

Tickets for the Odyssey show go on sale today (£30-£165).

Meanwhile, Sheffield’s new star Kell Brook — who won a final eliminator at the weekend — says he is determined to end the career of Amir Khan.

The fight has been mooted and while Brook is expected to box Devon Alexander for the IBF World title in his next outing, he would love a showdown with Khan. Brook said: “It will always be unfinished business if I don't face Khan. With me and him it's personal and I'm passionate about that fight. I'm passionate about knocking Amir Khan out.

“People having been talking about me and him for years and I just want to retire him. He's distasteful with some of the things he says. I just want to take him out. I think it's going to be a blockbuster for the fans.”

l Brian Magee and Mikkel Kessler will come face to face at the Europa Hotel (12.45pm) at a press conference tomorrow ahead of their World title fight.

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