Fury praises 'fantastic' support as he powers his way to victory
Tyson Fury thanked the Bristol public after out-classing American challenger Vinny Maddalone in their WBO Intercontinental heavyweight contest in Clevedon.
Now undefeated in 19 fights, the towering Fury is a step closer to a world title fight with one of the Klitschko brothers after stopping New Yorker Maddalone in five rounds.
The 23-year-old former British and Commonwealth champion said: "Fighting in Bristol has been fantastic. This is the first time I've been here and the people have been brilliant to me.
"I told them I will be back one day with a world championship belt to show them."
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Manchester-born Fury has been earmarked by the Klitschkos as a possible opponent, although the current Irish champion says he will wait until he has earned a mandatory fight before taking on the all-conquering duo.
In front of a worldwide TV audience on Saturday night, he had too much class for 38-year-old 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'm still undefeated," said Fury. "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."
Promoter Mick Hennessy played down thoughts of an imminent Klitschko fight, hinting that Pole Adamek was next on the agenda for Fury.
Watched by his father, rising middleweight star Chris Eubank Junior out-scored brave Terry Carruthers in a six-round free-for-all.