Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Boxing

Klitschko v Fury: Long wait for World title shot hasn't affected Fury

Tyson Fury is ready to be proven wrong on Saturday after convincing himself Wladimir Klitschko would never let him challenge for the World heavyweight title.

The Mancunian is set to face Ukrainian Klitschko for the WBA, WBO and IBF titles in Germany and put to bed a frustrating couple of years.

A British blockbuster against former WBA champion David Haye fell through twice and the fight with Klitschko was also postponed when the latter suffered a recent injury.

However, just days away from his defining night, Fury accepts his doubts appear to have been wrong.

"The wait is finally nearly over," he said. "Completely and utterly finished. The long wait, the Haye pull-outs, Wlad getting injured etc has never really affected me.

"When Haye pulled out the first time it upset me a bit but the second time I expected it. With Klitschko we knew he was going to pull out and reschedule. I always knew he would because it's part of the mind games he plays. We were waiting for it to happen and it did. But it didn't really affect me.

"So it was postponed and rescheduled for a month later which benefited me because I wasn't feeling clever."

Fury, who serenaded his opponent with a rendition of 'Wind Beneath My Wings' at yesterday's public work-outs, added: "I've said this fight would never happen for years because I'm all wrong for Wladimir and I was convinced he wouldn't want to fight me.

"Since 2011 I've been saying it wouldn't happen and on Saturday night I'm being proven wrong, as long as it actually happens."

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph