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Tyson Fury moves closer to world-title fight by stopping Vinny Maddalone

Updated: Saturday, 07 Jul 2012 23:43 | Comments

Tyson Fury remains unbeaten
Tyson Fury remains unbeaten

Tyson Fury moved a step closer to a world-title fight with one of the Klitschko brothers after stopping Vinny Maddalone in their WBO Intercontinental heavyweight contest in Clevedon.

Fury, 23, easily improved his 19-fight unbeaten run with a fifth-round technical knockout after the referee stepped in with blood streaming out of a cut under the veteran's left eye.

Fury has been earmarked by the Klitschkos as a possible opponent, although he has stated he would wait until he had earned a mandatory fight before taking on the all-conquering duo.

In front of a worldwide audience tonight he had too much class for New Yorker Maddalone, landing a couple of heavy punches in the opening round to immediately stun his opponent.

It was all one-way traffic thereafter with another right-hander from the 6ft 9in Fury opening the cut under Maddalone's left eye in the fourth round.

The American battled on but, with Fury indicating he wanted the fight halted, the referee eventually stepped in to end the contest midway through the fifth.

"I knew it was a matter of time. I actually called the referee over, he was taking some big shots," Fury, a former British and Commonwealth champion, said in an interview on Channel Five.

"I'm still undefeated. I would like to say I'm ready for anyone in the world. Klitschkos: bring them on. Americans: bring them on.

"Bring on Tomasz Adamek. He's too small for me and I see an early win for me."

Promoter Mick Hennessy played down any thoughts of a Klitschko fight in the near future, before hinting Pole Adamek was next on the agenda for Fury.

"It (a Klitschko fight) is getting closer. We're still one fight at a time. He's 23. To pull off a result like that tonight was unbelievable. That was a masterclass," he said.

"I'm liking Adamek (next), either here or in the US."

Asked when a Klitschko fight was likely, he added: "Two, maybe three (fights away). We'll go into that fight when he's ready to do a job on them."

Vladimir Klitschko retains heavyweight title

Elsewhere, Vladimir Klitschko retained his world heavyweight titles in the Swiss city of Berne with a sixth-round win over challenger Tony Thompson.

Klitschko, 36, floored the American challenger and, although Thompson got up, the referee ended the contest.

Thompson, who also lost to the Ukrainian in 2008, had been knocked down in the previous round but survived the count.

Klitschko holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles, while his older brother Vitali has the WBC crown.

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