Velasquez tells Fury: Prove yourself in the UFC

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez says boxer Tyson Fury, who has publicly challenged him to a fight “in a cage or ring,” will have to do more than tweet challenges and insults to get his wish.

Fury (20-0), who stands at 6ft 9in and is ranked No. 10 in the world by The Ring magazine, has grown frustrated at not being able to secure a championship bout in the ring against one of the Klitschkos, so the Englishman has now challenged Velasquez.

“I didn’t know who he was until this,” Velasquez told ESPNChicago.com. “I think he’s using my name to gain publicity, which he has done, Everybody is bringing it up.”

Fury issued the challenge via Twitter. “I challenge you to fight all in a cage or ring! It could be billed as the man vs midget. Let’s get it on!” Fury tweeted.

Velasquez smirked a bit when reminded of the insult, but he wasn’t taking the bait. “I’m not a boxer,” he said. “I’m a mixed martial artist, and if he wants to fight, he can go into the UFC and work his way up like everybody else does. Nothing is given to you in this world.

“To me it’s like, don’t talk about it, go ahead and do it. That’s all I have to say about that.”

There have been cross-sports fights in the past, including Ray Mercer knocking out former UFC champ Tim Sylvia and Randy Couture beating James Toney. Velasquez was asked if he would be interested in such an event if his title wasn’t on the line.

“You have to work your way up the ladder, just like everybody else,” he said. “Nothing is given to you in this world, so you have to work hard.”

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