Tyson Fury may have the opportunity to land a world title within a year after Wladimir Klitschko predicated that he would soon be facing the WBO Inter-Continental champion.
Fury added the interim title after overcoming experienced American heavyweight Vinny Maddalone on Saturday night with a fifth round stoppage.
On the same night Klitschko was successfully defending his WBO, WBA and IBF titles against Tony Thompson in Berne as he secured a relatively straight forward sixth round stoppage.
Klitschko has now stretched his undefeated run to eight years and has rarely been under any pressure of losing his titles. He believes that he could now face Fury within the next 12 months.
"I think we could end up fighting very soon. Probably in the next year," said Klitschko. "From fight to fight he's just going to get better. I doubt [a fight] is going to happen this year, but probably next."
Fury is 13 years younger than Wladimir at 23-years-old and is yet to taste defeat after earning his 19th straight win and his 14th stoppage.
The Lancaster-based fighter believes he is capable of causing a major upset and doing what David Haye was unable to do against Klitschko.
"I think I can win," said Fury. "Wladimir Klitschko hasn't fought anyone like me.
"I bring ambition, youth, power and determination. There's never been anyone like me. I am unique."