Fury vows to ‘ex­pose’ ‘old man’ Kl­itschko

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BERLIN: Chal­lenger Tyson Fury has vowed to ‘ex­pose’ undis­puted cham­pion Wladimir Kl­itschko in Satur­day’s world heavy­weight ti­tle bout and has la­belled the Ukrainian gi­ant an ‘old man’.

Kl­itschko, 39, will de­fend his IBF, WBA and IBO ti­tles against Bri­tain’s Fury, 27, in Dues­sel­dorf hav­ing last tasted de­feat more than a decade ago. This is the sec­ond time the fight has been sched­uled to take place af­ter the orig­i­nal date in Oc­to­ber was can­celled due to Kl­itschko’s calf in­jury.

Fury has won all of his 24 fights to date with 18 knock­outs and has vowed to not only usurp Kl­itschko, but also high­light the cham­pion’s weak­nesses. “I think this might be one of my eas­i­est fights,” boasted Manch­ester-born Fury in Tues­day’s press con­fer­ence.

“I know that sounds crazy, be­cause he’s a Su­per cham­pion, but I see so many chinks in his ar­mour. “There is noth­ing he does which makes me think I won’t beat him. “I can ex­pose what he doesn’t do very well and you’ll see what I’m talk­ing about on Satur­day night.

“I’m not go­ing to say too much to­day as I don’t want to scare him off. “I’m com­ing very fast for you, Wlad. Old guy, young guy. Old cham­pion, new cham­pion. Enough said. Amen,” added Fury ahead of the bout at Dues­sel­dorf’s Es­prit Arena with 42,000 tick­ets sold. Kl­itschko has heard such bold state­ments be­fore from pre­vi­ous chal­lengers, many of whom then be­came one of his 53 knock­outs in 64 wins. Bri­tain’s David Haye la­belled the cham­pion a ‘large, slow robot from the Ukraine’ be­fore los­ing on points in Ham­burg in July 2011.

The last of Kl­itschko’s three de­feats was back in 2004. “There have been many fight­ers I’ve faced, this time I face a guy whose young, a real chal­lenge,” said Kl­itschko. “I hear he’s ner­vous. It’s good to be ner­vous. I get ner­vous be­fore ev­ery fight. “I’m really happy that this fight is tak­ing place.

“I’m sure it’s go­ing to be sold out. I’m sure it’s go­ing to be a great night.” Fury stirred up con­tro­versy ear­lier on Tues­day in a BBC in­ter­view by claim­ing box­ing has a “big prob­lem” with dop­ing.

He sug­gested that the sport should tackle the is­sue by le­gal­is­ing banned sub­stances. The Bri­tish fighter said he hopes the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) has tested both box­ers strin­gently. “WADA have tested me very reg­u­larly, some­times three times in a month,” said Fury in Dues­sel­dorf.

“Hope­fully he’ll have been the same.” Kl­itschko dis­missed the is­sue, stat­ing: “I’ve been tested a lot, over a quar­ter of a cen­tury.” —AFP

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