Undefeated heavyweight challenger Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) doesn’t want the judges to decide his title fight with champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs). He wants to take Klitschko’s belts via a knockout and perform a “demolition job” in the process.
Ahead of Saturday’s bout for the WBA Super, WBO, and IBF titles at the ESPIRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Fury told SkySports before boarding his plane to Germany that he had the best training camp of his life and he’s excited to meet the fighter who hasn’t lost in 11 years.
"It feels very, very close now. It has been a long, long training camp and it has been a long time in the coming,” the 27-year-old said. "I have been hunting Wladimir down for the past five years, I have finally got my opportunity, and now it is my time to shine.
"Everything has been done. We have not left anything out that should have been done. I have had the best camp of my life. Injury-free, perfect.
"I am just looking forward to getting out there, doing a demolition job, and getting back."
The 6-foot-9 Fury’s put the pinnacle of the heavyweight division within his grasp both by his impressive knockout power and ability to short-change his opponents’ abilities outside the ring, but for all his talk the current WBO international champion is still considered a +350 underdog to the Ukrainian Klitschko, according to the latest odds from Bovada.lv.
The Manchester native’s braggadocio is in sharp contrast to Klitschko’s calm and stoic demeanor, and the 39-year-old’s experience figures to be a feather in his cap ahead of the 12-round slugfest. Yet Fury’s combination of intensity and overwhelming power are unlike anything Klitschko’s seen over his 67-fight career.
Having last tasted defeat in 2004 to American Lamon Brewster via a fifth-round technical knockout, Klitschko’s turned away all other foes ever since with 13 knockouts during his 21-match winning streak.
None of Klitschko’s former opponents have possessed the combo Fury’s size and his ability to switch from orthodox to southpaw, but he also told The Telegraph that he doesn’t consider Fury’s ambidexterity a significant factor that could turn the fight.
"I believe that he's comfortable with one side, as all of us are: we have one side that we are more comfortable with," Klitschko said while training in Austria. "As soon as he's going to get hurt he's going to go back to basics. It's always like that in boxing.
"You can pretend, like you're southpaw, or regular, whatever you pretend, but you're going to go back to basics on survival instinct."
Klitschko did say its proven difficult finding sparring partners who can match Fury’s size, and strangely enough Fury trained with Klitschko years ago, but also insisted he can be just as aggressive with a bigger opponent.
"There is nothing easy, but I'm think I'm more aggressive towards tall guys, than with shorter guys. The most challenging part is the size (when recruiting sparring partners). The size, to get sparring partners is complicated. Usually I'm getting the best guys out there and it's tough to find the best guys. Not just the size, but also different stances, that's the challenge, that's the main part."
Betting Odds: Klitschko -500 from Bovada.lv
Method of Victory: Draw or Technical Draw +2500; Klitschko Win via Decision +165; Klitschko win via KO +110; Fury Win via Decision +600; Fury Win via KO +600
Over/Under: Over 9/5 rounds -155; Under 9.5 rounds +110
Prediction: Fury’s age, knockout power, size, and potential to switch from orthodox to southpaw make him an intriguing and even dangerous opponent for Klitschko, but the Ukrainian’s maturity and patience in the ring should afford him a 22nd-straight victory via a 12-round decision.