Tyson Fury has revealed his plans to hold a fight in Manchester and knock Cristiano Ronaldo off the podium as the city’s main attraction.
WBC champion Fury retained his title in Las Vegas at the weekend when he knocked out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round.
Fury’s win means he extended his undefeated professional record to 32 victories at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada.
But Manchester-born and Red Devils fan Fury has reignited talk about a potential world title fight at United’s 76,000-seater stadium at some point in the future.
It would be the first fight at “The Theatre of Dreams” since Chris Eubank’s bout with Nigel Benn, which took place in front of 42,000 spectators some 28 years ago.
“I have two fights left out here but I’d love to bring a world title fight back to Manchester,” Fury told The Sun from his Las Vegas fight camp.
“It has always been a dream of mine to fight at Old Trafford. The last fight there was Eubank versus Benn in 1993 and that was massive.
“I’m really happy Ronaldo’s back at Old Trafford – but this town ain’t big enough for the both of us!
“If I lived in Manchester it would be a problem. But I’m an hour up the motorway in Morecambe so he’s got plenty of distance.”
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The 33-year-old’s next fight will be against the winner of Dillian Whyte and Otto Wallin, which is set to take place at the 02 arena at the end of the month.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has said he wants him to have a fight in Britain – rather than in the United States – where his last three bouts have taken place.
“I would love that homecoming more than anything, the British fans and everything. Can you imagine it?,” Warren said.
“Tyson sells out any stadium in Britain, easy. The fans will come out for him. He deserves that hero’s homecoming now.”