Fury eyes Klitschko world title shot after points decision over Johnson in Belfast

By David Kent

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Tyson Fury moved a step closer to a shot at Vitali Klitschko with a patient victory over American Kevin Johnson in Belfast.

The 24-year-old won the WBC world heavyweight title eliminator by a unanimous points decision, stretching his unbeaten record to 20 fights.

The first five rounds were largely uninspiring, although Fury was rarely troubled by his durable 33-year-old opponent, whose 2009 defeat to Klitschko was one of only two defeats prior to this bout.

Fists of Fury: Tyson Fury (left) lands a left on Kevin Johnson

Fists of Fury: Tyson Fury (left) lands a left on Kevin Johnson

Fury looked more convincing in the sixth round but he had a point docked in the seventh and was not making a notable impact on a slow-paced bout.

He made more of an impression with a combination in the eighth which saw the Wythenshawe-born fighter raise both arms aloft.

Although he was rarely troubled in tonight's contest, Fury's cautious approach was in stark contrast to several of his previous bouts.

Points decision: Tyson Fury celebrates winning the WBC heavyweight title eliminator

Points decision: Tyson Fury celebrates winning the WBC heavyweight title eliminator

Afterwards, Fury revealed the tactics were planned as he said: 'Credit Kevin Johnson, he's a slippery, slippery guy and I never went in to knock him out.

'He's not a guy to go and smash up. He's a world class fighter. I boxed to a game plan and vowed not to let my heart get the better of me.'

Johnson added on Channel 5: 'They stuck to a very smart game plan. Not one time did he come out with that anger and aggression and towards the end it got very boring.'

Cower at the Fury: Kevin Johnson covers up

Cower at the Fury: Kevin Johnson covers up

 


 

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i assume all the red arrows are from the fury will be champ camp....even you know he wont,even he knows he wont......i think if he waited till klitchko got to sixty..he might get a draw,,,,,,,,,,im sure he,s a nice guy,,,,just a lousy boxer,,,no shame in that.........most of his opponents look like they used a bus pass to get to the fight,,,i think if he fights anyone decent he will be shown to be wanting,and i dont think they will have to be that good either,,,,,,,,,red arrows are still on the right,,,,,thankyou

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it was hardly a ''fight'', Kevin Johnson hardly did anything, it was humiliating, he obviously needed the pay check!

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just look at all the bitter little people slagging tyson just because hes the best heavy weight weve had in years and hes not from the desired back ground , shame on the lot of you .show me another heavy weight in the world fitter than him or that can move like him or has better hands than him. and please dont say david price after his latest fiasco against a 50 yr old .whos next for price ? flintoff or joe bugner .listen up tyson will be THE NEW HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD TY SON FURY FURY FURY red arrow away ya old women - geoff , abergavenny, 02/12/2012 20:12 - N- - Get a life Geoff

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fh sad britain ,just noticed your age 60 .would you be interested in being david price next opponent ,? you are in the right age bracket .all you need to know about price is this . hes very robotic ,comes square on ,as no jab and as never fought any one under 40 or with a noticeable pulse.

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Boxing isnt straightforward its all about money, always has been. People who are predicting who is going to do what to whom had better be careful when putting bets on. Depends on the politics of boxing whos going to win.Tysons future depends on what he is being used for.

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deary me..i cant believe anyone thinks this guy could be world champ? I think he's only after a payday which is why he wants klitscho instead of a risky fight with price. This is a bar room brawler biding his time and making money until he gets decked. His conditioning, movement shows me nothing except a top 10-20 fighter at best..no shame in that although a lot of oddballs out there convincing theirselves he's a world beater!! Price may have his own questions but at least he looks awsome coming foward and yes he needs a step up but he doing what he should be doing, which is taking them out early. Fury just looks devoid of any noticable or impressive style...a big bloke, brawler thats it!

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Geoff from Abergavaney has not got a clue about boxing.

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just look at all the bitter little people slagging tyson just because hes the best heavy weight weve had in years and hes not from the desired back ground , shame on the lot of you .show me another heavy weight in the world fitter than him or that can move like him or has better hands than him. and please dont say david price after his latest fiasco against a 50 yr old .whos next for price ? flintoff or joe bugner .listen up tyson will be THE NEW HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD TY SON FURY FURY FURY red arrow away ya old women

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Just to clarify, this fight was NOT a WBC title eliminator fight, dispite Mick Hennesy promoting it as such. The WBC has clarified that it has not sanctioned this bout for a No.1 contender spot for the winner. The WBC points out that Chris Arreola is ranked as No.1, with Bermane Stiverne No.2. Arreola is fighting Stiverne in mid December, and that fight, confirmed by the WBC, is the sanctioned bout for the No.1 contender spot, with the winner given a shot at Vitali Klitschko. Mick Hennesy is talking out of his **** to promote and big up the fight. Don King last month won the promoting rites for the ArreolaStiverne fight by bidding $1.1M. Would Don King splash that kinda cash if there wasn't a World Title fight in it for the winner? No Chance. Anyway, the WBC have basicly said they have no idea what Hennesy and Fury are talking about, as the real eliminator fight for Vitali's WBC is between the aformentioned top two ranked WBC contenders, as you'd logically expect it to be!

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Freddy Flintoff would beat Tyson Fury looking at last nights performance.

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