Tyson Fury motivated to retain heavyweight titles

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has acknowledged that he cannot afford to cut any corners in preparation for his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury shocked the boxing world when he defeated the long-reigning champion by unanimous decision in November, and the unbeaten fighter has previously suggested that it will be difficult to match the sense of achievement that he felt in Dusseldorf.

However, after his second bout with Klitschko was announced for July 9 in Manchester, Fury has said that he is motivated to work himself into the best possible condition ahead of defending his WBA and WBO belts

The 27-year-old told Sky Sports News: “A little bit of boxing pressure is nothing to me. I will be walking out to 20,000 people cheering me and I’ve already been in a big 30-40,000 venue before out in Germany, so big arenas and big things are what I was born to do.

“It’s like I’ve said before; I’ve been training hard. I can’t train any harder but I can train just as hard and I am just as hungry because I want to keep those belts.

“I’ve got to work as hard as I’ve ever done and I have to put as much dedication, determination and desire into it.”

If Fury is able to defeat Klitschko for a second time, he could face IBF title holder Anthony Joshua in a unification clash towards the end of 2016.

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