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Fury: Haye doesn't want to fight, I'm UK's only hope

ESPN staff
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Tyson Fury has put the boot into his UK heavyweight peers, insisting he is the only one threatening to put British boxing back on the world map.

Fury steps back into the ring on April 20 when he meets former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham on US soil.

He has already attempted to get under the skin of Cunningham by asking if he can pay to sponsor the soles of the 36-year-old's boots with his Twitter name, "to win new fans".

However, it is the likes of David Price and David Haye back in England who have become Fury's latest targets, when he explained that no other British heavyweight is ready to challenge the dominance of the Klitschko brothers.

"In the UK it comes down to the Final Four, which really comes down to one," Fury is quoted as saying by BoxingScene.com. "You have David Price, David Haye, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury.

"David Price was just knocked out by Tony Thompson, who has already been knocked out twice by Wladimir Klitschko.

"David Haye doesn't want to fight anyone. Dereck Chisora has turned girly.

"That just leaves Tyson Fury as the last man standing and I'm OK with that."

The importance of the Cunningham fight to Fury's future plans cannot be overstated. Victory would leave Fury needing one more win - against Kubrat Pulev - to make himself the mandatory challenger to Wladimir Klitschko in the IBF rankings.

It is that schedule that dictates - at least in the eyes of Fury - that he must leave home territory to go and actively hunt down the world title abroad.

"I'm taking the bull by the horns and crossing the pond," he said. "I'm ready to conquer the heavyweight division."

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