There were some colourful scenes earlier today at the inaugural press conference to officially announce October 24th’s WBA/WBO/IBF heavyweight title clash between dominant lineal champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory challenger Tyson Fury, with the Brit sounding the warning – “I am the new blood in the division.”
6ft 9″ Fury was in confident mood when addressing the assembled media, insisting that he will present a challenge the long reigning champion is yet to see, referring to the Ukrainian as ‘boring’.
“I believe he has never faced a challenge like me before and I don’t believe he will again. I’m a unique fighter, one of a kind. There’s never been someone like me in history – a fighter like me only comes along every one thousand years” he said.
Then, with the pleasantries disposed of, the undefeated challenger turned his attention to Wladimir – who had just spoken – and stated his intention to end the champion’s long reign;
“It’s a personal mission for me to rid boxing of a boring person like you. I’ve just been falling asleep listening to your stupid speech there.”
“Personal business between you and me. I’m not interested in all the titles and all those belts you’ve got on there – I’m interested in breaking your face in. That’s what I’m interested in.”
“You’re boring and I want to rid you out of the heavyweight division. Your jab and grab style? Surely all of Europe wants to see you get beaten? And all of Europe and the rest of the world will see you get beaten.”
“You have about as much charisma as my underpants. Zero. none”
“This is a young man vs an old man.” said Fury.
For his part, Klitschko was unruffled and smiled, much in the same way he did four years ago when it was another Brit – David Haye – trying to get under his skin.
“I believe Tyson Fury is really meaning what he’s talking about. He’s definitely not coming here on October 24 to be present and on the canvas. No, he’s here to win the championship ”
“I think that this fight is going to create a lot of attention. I think it’s going to build up in portions and become more entertaining, because I was a little bit disappointed.
“Is this it? He didn’t throw the table? He didn’t throw a microphone somewhere? His shoe? I don’t know. There has been flying shoes and so much entertainment before – I’m sure it’s going to show up. It’s going to be very enjoyable for the fight.
“At the end of the day, it is going to be the fight. That speaks louder than any other action and any words.”
The countdown has begun….