Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury has been boasting about the way he is able to “go from a fat pig on the booze to a feeling really fit.” Currently training, apparently hard, in Holland, the unbeaten 27-year-old says he has put down the beer, the champagne and the vodka and is now in great physical shape. With just over a month to go until the anticipated rematch, Fury says he has bulked up and added muscle to his 6’9” frame.
Speaking from his Dutch training base, Fury said he will “be massive” upon entering the ring in Manchester on July 9 and that he will “knock Klitschko out” this time. Fury isn’t expecting an easy fight, and he says 40-year-old Klitschko “would beat anyone else but me,” but he sees only one winner.
“Holland has always been good for me,” Fury said to The Mail when speaking of his training camp. “Here I’m away from every distraction. Just me and my team. No visitors. No family. I have to concentrate on Wlad. He will be more dangerous than in the first fight. A wounded animal is always dangerous. He would beat anyone else but me. I have destroyed him mentally and physically. When we meet he’ll see I am massive. And I will knock him out. I am a bull.”
Of course, in the past, a lot of what has come out of Fury’s mouth has been bull. We just don’t know when Fury is being serious and speaking the truth or simply messing around. Is he really bulking up in order to go for a quick KO in the rematch, or will Fury come out and dance around, use plenty of feints and basically try to repeat his victory of last November? The logical thinking goes, it it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and many fans fully expect a very similar fight to the first meeting, with Fury again looking to outbox the older man. The big question is, can Klitschko do something about it this time?
Klitschko has to throw more punches this time, and he has assured us he will (he has expressed embarrassment over his November 2015 performance; a fight he says is hard for him to watch) – but if he does, who will benefit? If Klitschko comes out uncharacteristically aggressive (which would be a shock to see after all these years of measured, controlled, safe boxing) he will be open to Fury’s counter-punches. Then again, Klitschko, a man with well over 50 KO’s to his name, could shock everyone and blast Fury out.
Klitschko seems strangely calm (apart from his letting off some steam at that Manchester press conference in April when he swore at Fury). He smiles when he says he is enjoying being the challenger and is relishing the thought of entering a hostile Manchester arena to do battle with the local hero. Does Wladimir know something we don’t? Most fans picked him to win the first fight, and plenty of fans – and experts – are picking Klitschko to win next month.
Fury has to prove his win last year was no fluke. Short of being flattened, Klitschko cannot really do any worse than he did in fight-one (and if he did come out firing but got caught, fans would perhaps respect him in defeat for showing his fighting mettle instead of stinking the place out in looking to survive to the final bell). Maybe this is why he seems to confident going into the rematch.