Tyson Fury: Being first traveller to a world title is a massive motivator

Tyson Fury arrives to watch the boxing at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Tyson Fury arrives to watch the boxing at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
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Tyson Fury says it’s case of who gets to there first between him and Billy Joe Saunders as to who becomes the first world champion from the travelling community.

The unbeaten Morecambe heavyweight was in Newcastle on Saturday to watch fellow traveller Martin Ward challenge for Stuart Hall’s IBF World Bantamweight title.

But the fight ended in a technical draw after a clash of heads in the first round resulting in Ward receiving a bad cut under his right eye and the referee calling a halt in the second round.

Now Fury has his eye on creating history and is only one fight away from a shot at WBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko if he can get past big-hitting rival Dereck Chisora on July 26 at the Phone 4 U Arena in Manchester in their final eliminator showdown.

Also hot on the heels of a world title fight is the undefeated British, Commonwealth and WBO International Middleweight Champion Saunders who must first challenge for the European title against champion Emanuele Blandamura on May 17 with a potential world title challenge later this year.

Fury said: “I really feel for Martin, he’s worked hard for the opportunity and I just hope and pray that he gets back into a position to challenge for the world title again soon because he’s a quality, quality, fighter and he deserves it.

“That leaves it open for me to make a run for the world title. I know that Billy Joe wants it bad as well, it’s a case of who gets their first.

“Billy is a top fighter and he’s going to achieve lots of great things in the sport.

“Marking my name in the history books as the first ever world champion from the travelling community is a massive motivator for me.

“Regardless of who gets there first, how fantastic would it be to have two world champions travellers’ from this country?

“I’m two fights - including my gym bout and Chisora - away from fighting Klitschko for the world title unless he does a runner but he can’t this time and he’ll be forced to fight me.

“It all sounds so simple and if boxing was simple it would be a dream, but that’s the plan and my route. Anything can happen, it’s a hard road to the top of the mountain and I can now see the summit.”