Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie insisted he is ready to become world champion ahead of his return to action against Christian Hammer next month
Hughie Fury suggested he is ready to face cousin Tyson as he eyes becoming a future world heavyweight champion.
Fury returns to the ring against Christian Hammer as part of an action-packed schedule at Utility Arena in Newcastle on October 16.
Hughie is confident he can emerge as a contender for the biggest titles after facing Hammer next month – and implied he could go toe-to-toe with his cousin.
“This team will put me where I need to be,” Fury, who has put pen to paper on a promotional deal with BOXXER, told Sky Sports. “Before I couldn’t get the fights. Now I believe I can get them.
“Straight away with Hammer, I said: ‘These are the fights I want’. He is a game fighter. I love a fight, I’m not afraid of any challenge, I will jump in the ring with anyone.
“I could have had easier fights but I want someone who will fight back and give me a challenge.
“I believe I will be the champion of the world. It is my destiny to be at the top. To become a world champion is all that’s in my mind.
“Whoever has got a belt, I want those belts. I will get through this fight, get into a mandatory position, and whoever has got a belt at the time, I’ll take.”
Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 while Tyson Fury will put his WBC title on the line against Wilder in a grudge trilogy fight a few weeks later on October 9.
Fury first clashed with Wilder back in December 2018, with the pair fighting to a 12-round split decision draw much to the displeasure of those in attendance who thought the Brit had done enough to win.
With Wilder retaining the WBC title thanks to the result, the duo fought for a second time – but the bout lasted just seven rounds as the American was forced to throw in the towel after being overwhelmed by Fury.
In doing so, it capped a remarkable comeback for Fury, who had battled back from his personal problems to become champion of the world.
Hughie is chasing a comeback of his own and believes the three losses he suffered against Joseph Parker, Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Povetkin were crucial for his development – claiming the defeats were part of the learning process he began when he turned pro at just 18.
“If you can fight, you can fight. I’m not afraid to fight anyone. It’s not about records – it’s about learning,” the 26-year-old said. “Before, it was a boy against men.
“Now I’ve come into myself and it will be a different story. Get the right fights, I don’t care who it is, and get those belts.”
Hammer knocked out David Price when he last fought in Britain but he has struggled for form in the bouts since, with a record of four wins and three losses following that win in 2017.
And ahead of the upcoming fight, Fury warned his Romanian-German opponent of his newfound toughness, and declared he is coming into his prime as he attempts to silence his doubters.