Tyson Fury believes he is the man to bring excitement back to the heavyweight division after Wladimir Klitschko’s latest routine victory in Germany on Saturday night.
The WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belt holder dominated Australian Alex Leapai on the way to a fifth-round stoppage in Oberhausen.
Morecambe giant Fury, who can move himself into a mandatory position to face the Ukrainian with victory over Dereck Chisora on July 26, believes it was the latest in a long line of contests that is giving heavyweight boxing a bad name.
The unbeaten 25-year-old, acting as a pundit on Eurosport for the fight, said: “One thing that aggravates me is when people say the heavyweight division is terrible.
“This is my division and it’s the glory division of all sports. To be heavyweight champion of the world is something little kids aspire to be.
“When I was growing up all I wanted to be was the heavyweight champion of the world because of guys like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield.
“Kids today aren’t going to want to grow up to be like Wladimir Klitschko. The guy is boring,
“People want to be action heroes or a movie star. They don’t want to be some boring old guy who speaks 15 different languages.
“That’s where I come in. I really do believe I’m the saviour of the heavyweight division.
“I’m not just saying that because I want a fight with Klitschko, I deep down believe it.
“Every time I enter the ring there’s excitement, whether I get put down or someone gets knocked out.”
Fury also laid out how he would get the better of Klitschko if given the opportunity.
He said: “I’d put pressure on him from round one and see how it handles it.
“I believe that Wladimir Klitschko, if he’s been made to work for four or five rounds at a pace that he’s not used to, he’d be gassed out.
“The guy’s 38 years old and although he looks in great shape it doesn’t mean he’s in great shape on the inside.
“Let’s be realistic. He hasn’t faced anyone who’s my size ever, my weight, with my boxing ability and movement.
“He’s faced guys that are smaller than him or big and stiff. There’s never been somebody like me before and I don’t think there will be again.”
Elsewhere, Fury’s cousin, Lancaster-based super middleweight prospect Hughie Dempsey Fury, extended his professional record to 3-0 with a 39-38 points victory over Harry Matthews in Liverpool on Saturday night.