Klitschko and Fury Trade Jabs in Düsseldorf

By Robert Ecksel on July 21, 2015
Klitschko and Fury Trade Jabs in Düsseldorf
“I was disappointed. I said, ‘This is it? He didn’t throw the table? He didn’t eat his shoe?’”

“I’m a unique fighter, one of a kind. There’s never been someone like me before in history. A fighter like me only comes along every 1000 years…”

On October 24, 2015, at Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, by way of Zhangiztobe, Kazakhstan, defends his titles against undefeated Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs), from Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom.

The first of many press conferences took place today. Klitschko was his usual dignified self, but his mild veneer vanished during the presser.

In his opening statement, Fury was restrained, even charming. It was only after Klitschko made fun at his skills that Fury’s id knocked out his superego.

“Ich bin Tyson Fury,” said the challenger in passable German, “the sexy meister from Great Britain. It’s a pleasure to be here in Düsseldorf. This fight has been a long, long time coming, but now the time has arrived. Wladimir is a great champion. He’s been champion for a long time. He’s been undefeated for 11 years. He’s taken on all comers from America, the UK, and the rest of the world. But I believe he has never faced a challenge like me before, and I don’t believe he’ll ever face a challenge like me again. I’m a unique fighter, one of a kind. There’s never been someone like me before in history. A fighter like me only comes along every 1000 years. I’ve been ranked in the top 10 since 2010, and it’s only now that I’ve been given the opportunity to fight for the title. I think I’m a very dangerous opponent for anybody to take and I have to give credit to the older champion for taking on a challenger like myself.”

Klitschko spoke next.

“I have to tell you that I have difficulty finding the right words to express my regret about the fact that I’m so old and Tyson Fury has to fight an old man,” he said. “I’ve seen many bouts, many fights, many press conferences, listened to different statements. But there’s always something new. Some fighters are taller, some are less tall. Some are heavier, some are less heavy. Some are softballs and some others are not. But after all these years, after all the different guys that I fought in the past, it was always challenging to fight the right key for the person. I really believe Tyson Fury really means what he’s talking about. He’s definitely not coming here to be on the canvas. No, he came here to win a championship fight.

“To be honest, I haven’t seen any of the fights of Tyson Fury; a couple of episodes, a couple of seconds. First time, I heard this running joke. ‘Did you see this guy? He was punching himself in the face!’ ‘Impossible,’ I said. ‘How can you fight and punch yourself in the face?’ Somebody showed me the video and I thought it was really entertaining. I said later on, this guy is so entertaining, he sings, he dances, he’s a cool dude. He does different things that people like, or hate. Some people adore him. Some people can’t stand him.”

Fury is entertaining, but so is a dog and pony show. What separates Fury from most dogs and ponies is that he can fight.

“I’ve done my homework, my research,” continued Klitschko. “Manny Steward said Tyson Fury’s going to be world champion one day. The same thing Manny said about Alexander Povetkin. And I believe Manny really meant it. ‘I respect the talent he has,’ he said. I’ll be honest with you. Anybody can become champion. Anybody can become a champion quick, for one fight. It’s really tough to be a champion for a long, long time. It’s challenging. You have to be on time, on point, and perform. It’s systematic, preparation, plan, and experience.

“What you saw from Tyson Fury now is not everything that Tyson Fury can show us. It’s like in portions. It’s going to build up. It’s going to be more entertaining, because I was a little disappointed. I said, ‘This is it? He didn’t throw the table? He didn’t eat his shoe?’ But it’s going to come up. Fists speak louder than any mouth. He’s going to be in the toughest fight of his life.”

A routine Q&A followed. The questions were, to put it mildly, uninspired. In an attempt to liven up the proceedings, Klitschko asked Fury, “How does it make you feel to be fighting for a championship? Is it challenging? Is it exciting?”

It was as if Klitschko had poked a wild animal with a sharp stick.

“To be honest, Wlad, it’s a world title fight. It is what it is. It’s an event, yes, for the fans. But this is personal between me and you.”

Klitschko said, “It’s a business.”

“It’s a business,” countered Fury, “but it’s very personal for me. It’s a personal mission for me to rid boxing of a boring person like you. Personal business between me and thee, understand? I’m interested in all the titles, all them belts you’ve got on there. But I’m also interested in breaking you face in. That’s what I’m interested in. You’re boring. Your jab and grab style, 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. You speak 37 different languages. So what? You’re a robotic person. You’re not fun and exciting to watch. History doesn’t lie. History says all old champions move over for the new ones. I am the new one.

“Is this man an ultimate specimen of a man? Is he a machine? A robot? No, he’s blood, guts, and bone. Is he better than all the great champions from the past? I think not. Are you better than Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Frazier? All the great champions from the past were over the hill at your age, especially when you have a young, fit, healthy lion chasing you around the ring. You’re fighting guys six-one, six-two, six-three. You like messing with small guys. You like messing with a guy who’s afraid of you. I’m not afraid. I see a man, an old man. You’ve got a chin like a piece of glass. What have I got to be afraid of? You’ve has 25 title defenses against bums. You are nothing, you’re in trouble, and you’re getting knocked out. This Klit is getting licked on October 24th.”

“I told you,” said Klitschko. “He’s entertaining.”

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  1. Dollarbond 07:34am, 07/27/2015

    Fury is a funny guy.  A breath of fresh air.

  2. Asher 12:17pm, 07/24/2015

    Fury can indeed fight, but can he fight back? He has not faced anyone approaching the skill of Klitschko. Height and age advantages aside, Klitschko still has too much for Fury.

  3. AKT 10:58am, 07/24/2015

    This will be one of Wladimir’s hardest fights. Not only is Fury taller, heavier ; he’s also in much better condition these days. If Wladimir still has that pop in his punch (Perhaps Jennings just has a granite chin), he might be able to send Fury to sleep. I doubt he’ll be winning a decision against Fury.

  4. nicolas 06:07pm, 07/22/2015

    If Fury had been able to fight and beat Haye, I would definitely say Fury will win. I feel that Haye really did not have the desire to go back in the ring to fight Fury. I still think that it will be Fury the victor. Wladimir Klitschko has had a great career, he is definitely headed for the Hall of Fame. I think he kind of showed his age in the Jennings fight, and in Fury he is fighting a man who is taller, heavier, and way younger. Klitschko has not been in such a situation since the day he fought Jameel McCline, a boxer who had no where near the punch of Fury. the walk to the ring will be a important indicator if Fury does win. I remember that McC;ine seemed to be trembling before his fight with Wlad those many years ago, and Haye did not seem to feel very confident going on his ring walk. He was of course some nearly 30 pounds lighter than Klitschko. Fury I think has this belief that he can win, something I don’t really think the other men who fought Klitschko did. Was this the Wlad Klitschko of some 5 years ago, I would go with him, but this is not. I also don’t think he will be able to rely on holding against Fury, as Fury is also a better inside fighter than Wlad.

  5. jpowerspotter 05:10pm, 07/22/2015

    All the great champions from the past were over the hill at Klitschiko’s age?!  What about Larry Holmes who fought successfully until he was 52, including close title matches against Holyfield, McCall, and Nielsen (ripped off in that decision) while in his 40’s?  Larry was one of the few fighters who didn’t stay too long because he was still capable and most certainly wasn’t ” over the hill”.    Thank you,    jpowerspotter

  6. The Tache 06:10am, 07/22/2015

    Yes, Wlad is boring as hell to watch and yes, a lot of people will be hoping he loses but I am just not aboard the Fury train. I admit I only have a layman’s knowledge of boxing but it seems to me that Wlad is better conditioned, punches harder, has more experience and has his defensive/illegal holding style down to fine art by now.
    As for chins, let’s not forget that Fury has been knocked down at least twice before, once by a nobody and once by a cruiserweight.
    Fury is younger and Wlad is starting to creak so you never know, but much as I would like to see a new champion I don’t think it will be Fury.
    Did like the Klit being licked line though, wonder how long he has been waiting to use that one?

  7. Koolz 05:47pm, 07/21/2015

    I want Fury to Knock him out!  But unfortunately do to Fury size and reach I see another Wach happening.  Sadly…true.

    Fury would need to fight at angles, move around in a circle, and go for the body when Clinchko Tries to Clinch him.

    The reality is that Wlad will sit back and throw out a jab that won’t miss the big Fury.  He will unload on Fury’s head and down goes Fury.

    I hope Fury really boxes, throws combos, ducks and weaves and…
    is the faster man with the better shots.
    That’s sounds like grasping for air.
    Funny thing about Age it is a concept of the mind.  Body Mind , age…
    use limitation that is not limitation.

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