Ti­tle suc­cess will be ‘ic­ing on the cake’ for Man­cu­nian fighter

The Herald - Sport - - FINAL SAY - PHIL BAR­NETT

TYSON FURY is ready to beat odds of “seven bil­lion to one” by snatch­ing the world heavy­weight ti­tle from Wladimir Kl­itschko.

Fury faces Kl­itschko for the Ukrainian vet­eran’s WBA, WBO and IBF ti­tles in Dus­sel­dorf on Satur­day and the 27-year-old in­sists he will suc­ceed where 19 pre­vi­ous chal­lengers failed.

It is a tall or­der for the 6ft 9in Man­cu­nian but he be­lieves he is just one win away from achiev­ing his des­tiny.

“This is fi­nally the start of cham­pi­onship box­ing for me,” he said.

“I’m so happy and priv­i­leged to be in­volved in this and God has blessed me to put me in this po­si­tion, to be fight­ing for the world heavy­weight cham­pi­onship, as the manda­tory chal­lenger.

“From a young age, when I started box­ing, I be­lieved I would be­come world cham­pion.

“I be­lieved it all the way through and against odds of seven bil­lion to one, I’ve made it.

“If I can make it then I’m liv­ing proof to any­body who thinks they can’t do some­thing in life that if you want it badly enough, and stick with it and be ded­i­cated, then you can make it in life.

“All be­ing well on Satur­day it’s definitely go­ing to be the ic­ing on the cake for this stage of my ca­reer and then we will move onto an­other level.”

Fury has been some­what con­tra­dic­tory in the build-up to the fight, stat­ing the bout will be an easy win for him but also heap­ing praise on the 39-year-old cham­pion.

“I’ve got a lot of re­spect for the man,” he said. “He’s done a lot in box­ing and he’s been at the high­est level for a long time and has made so many suc­cess­ful ti­tle de­fences.

“He’s achieved a lot and he’s done some­thing I haven’t – he’s won a world ti­tle and de­fended it.

“He can hold onto that glory train but as long as I come out of it be­ing the driver and the cap­tain then it’s a dif­fer­ent story.”

Fury be­lieves his height, age and unique fight­ing style are key to vic­tory.

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween me and the pre­vi­ous chal­lengers Kl­itschko has beaten in a row is that none of them were like me.

“They were pretty much all 6ft 1in, 6ft 2in heavy­weights just com­ing for­ward look­ing to land power shots. They were av­er­age heavy­weights.

“Kl­itschko has never fought any­one like me; a 6ft 9in switch-hit­ter who is as un­ortho­dox as two left feet on a clown fac­ing back­wards.”

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