Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury insists he is not thinking about his potential rematch with Deontay Wilder as he gears up for his next fight in Las Vegas.
The 31-year-old meets the relatively unknown Otto Wallin in a non-title bout on Saturday but with Fury already having claimed a deal has been agreed for a Wilder rematch most people are looking well beyond this weekend.
Fury, however, is concentrating on getting this one out of the way rather than speculating about another meeting with the WBC world champion after their controversial draw last December.
“I am not interested in Deontay Wilder or any of the rest of the heavyweight division. I am interested in Otto Wallin on Saturday night,” said Fury, who turned up for his public workout on the casino floor of the MGM Grand dressed in a Mexican wrestler’s mask and plans a Mexican-themed ring walk as the country celebrates its independence day anniversary this weekend.
“I have no interest in February at all. It is all about Saturday night, it is all about the Gypsy King.
“It is not about February, or Christmas or New Year or any other day – it is all about Saturday night in Las Vegas.
“I have no interest in future fights: one day day a time in my life, one fight at at time, one hour at a time.”
While the world is awaiting the Wilder rematch after its unsatisfying finish last year, Fury, not lacking in self-confidence, is adamant he can take on all-comers in the division.
“I can defeat them all with one hand,” he said.
“I have lightning reflexes for a giant. I am a giant of a heavyweight, there has never been a heavyweight like me and there has never been a heavyweight who can move like that.
“I’m a freak of nature, I defy every law of gravity, it shouldn’t be possible for a man of my height and weight to move like that.
“I can beat them all.”
Wallin arrives in Las Vegas with an unbeaten record in 20 fights, which includes 13 knockouts, but the 28-year-old has not fought at anywhere near the highest level so remains something of an unknown stepping up into Fury’s realm.
Fury claims he himself knows nothing about the Swede.
“I have no idea, we will find out on Saturday night. I don’t really care, it is not about what your opponent can do, it is about what the Gypsy King can do,” he said.
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Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua spoke to the media Thursday in New York, in advance of their December 7 rematch in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Ruiz shocked the boxing world in June when he beat Joshua in a seventh round TKO at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Ruiz’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts will be on the line in the rematch.
This was the only loss for the 6-foot-6 Joshua, who has 22 wins, with 21 by knockout.
Ruiz comes into the rematch 32-1, with 21 of his ring victories by KO.
Vasyl Lomachenko, widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, beat British challenger Luke Campbell in a thrilling bout to win the vacant WBC lightweight title in London on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Ukrainian, who had been world champion at three different weights in only a 14-bout professional career prior to the fight, won by a unanimous decision to add the WBC belt to his WBA and WBO titles in the weight.
Campbell was knocked down in the 11th round and, in the end, was grateful for the final bell as he dropped a unanimous decision by two scores of 119-108 and one of 118-109 at London’s O2 Arena.
While the judges’ scorecards were arguably a little harsh on the Hull fighter, Lomachenko underlined his class as he took another step towards becoming the undisputed champion in the 135lb division.
Only IBF titlist Richard Commey stands in the way of the 31-year-old southpaw realising his aim of holding all four major belts at the weight after he chalked up the 14th victory of a glittering 15-fight professional career that has already seen him win belts at featherweight and super-featherweight.
Despite suffering the third defeat of his career in the paid ranks, Campbell had his moments in an absorbing contest and may actually find his stock has risen by taking his vaunted opponent the full 12 rounds for only the fifth time.
Ultimately, though, Lomachenko’s movement, with his dazzling footwork and hand speed a particular highlight, proved too much for Campbell to handle, who seemed to be saved by the bell at the end of the fifth round.
He said on Sky Sports afterwards: “He’s a special fighter. I trained to win but it is hard to fight someone like that who adapts so well. He is a special fighter.
“With the support I have had here I can go on and achieve anything. My time will come.”
The pair won gold at London 2012 within 24 hours of each other, the second time Lomachenko had been crowned Olympic champion as he racked up an incredible amateur record of 396 wins from 397 bouts.
Despite Campbell boasting a significant height and reach advantage, such is Lomachenko’s pedigree he was 1/20 with some British bookmakers to prevail.
Campbell made a promising start with a decent left hand towards the end of the first three minutes but Lomachenko had begun to close the distance into the second, dancing in and out of range with a series of jabs.
A straight left down the pipe from Lomachenko in the third was the first significant punch of the contest and drew audible gasps from a rapt crowd, with the champion following up with a thudding body shot.
Lomachenko was getting to work on Campbell’s torso as he upped the tempo, with a flurry of body shots after a whizzing left hand left the Briton clinging on at the end of the fifth.
Campbell may have been feeling the intensity amid the onslaught but he came back in spirited fashion in the sixth, keeping Lomachenko honest with a couple of hooks but he was in more trouble soon after following a couple of rights from his foe.
The pattern of Campbell attempting to fight fire with fire only to be outgunned continued into the eighth but there was some decent body work in the ninth and 10th as Lomachenko seemed to be slowing a touch.
However, Lomachenko had his foot back on the gas in the penultimate round as Campbell was finally floored with another vicious blow to the body. While he was back on to his feet at the count of seven, survival was now the aim.
Campbell battled manfully thereafter but there was no doubting whose hand would be raised at the end of a barn burner.
Lomachenko said afterwards to BBC Radio 5 Live: “Of course it was hard for me. He gave me a good experience and a good fight. I want a unification fight for the four belts.”
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