Boxing big guns square off
Heavyweight title rivals start the verbal sparring ahead of July bout
W orld heavyweight champion Tyson Fury launched a verbal assault on challenger Wladimir Klitschko, labelling the decorated former title holder as “psychologically weak” and a “nervous wreck”.
Having defeated Klitschko in Germany to land the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, Fury will now defend his titles this July in Manchester.
And during a heated press conference the undefeated champion took aim at the 40-year-old Klitschko with a series of incendiary lines.
“He’s a psychologically weak man and he is nervous,” said Fury.
“He is a wreck. He is mentally unstable, and will be frightened. He will be quaking in his boots.”
Fury then poked fun at his own physique and criticised Klitschko for falling to beat him last year despite his impressive record and dedication to the sport.
“People do these sports for different reasons. It’s not always a money thing, as Klitschko proves,” added Fury.
“It’s something that he loves to do, and he’s capable of anything, even as a rich 40-year-old.
“He’s a dangerous opponent, because I don’t live like a champion. I’m not an athlete. Don’t call me an athlete. I mean look at this, does this look like a fighter’s body?
“Look at this Klitschko. This beat you. Shame on you. You were beaten by a fat man.”
Despite the obvious barbs aimed in his direction, Klitschko kept his cool for the most part.
However, he did make it clear he has little respect for Fury thanks to his often controversial remarks.
“Many people enjoy having a champion that represents the sport in a certain way,” said Klitschko.
“I am not okay with how Fury represents the sport. He makes a lot of statements that are disrespectful.
“I’m in good shape, I’m in his backyard and I’m looking forward to getting my revenge. I will knock Tyson Fury out. Period.”
Fury will defend the WBA Super and WBO titles, having been stripped of his IBF strap, against Klitschko on July 9.