Fury Claims He Was Only at "50%" When He Beat Klitschko

By Ollie Salt, courtesy on The Daily Star

TYSON FURY says he was only fighting at ’50 percent’ when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015. 

Fury is gearing up for a mouthwatering showdown with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles on December 1.

The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ is an underdog heading into the bout, in what will be his first world title tilt since that famous win over Klitschko three years ago.


Four heavyweight titles were on the line in Dusseldorf, and Fury left with them all - producing a masterful display to hand the Ukrainian his first defeat in 11 years.

Before their clash in November 2015, though, Klitschko had pulled out of their original October date with a calf injury.

And Fury insists that was a blessing in disguise for him.

“For the Klitschko fight itself, he pulled out before we were supposed to fight. He had a calf injury,” he told Fighting Spirits with Gareth A Davies.

“A week before the fight, we’d done all the press things, everything, and he went back to his training camp and decided he had a calf injury and put the fight back to the end of November.

“And it was like a blessing in disguise because I was very ill for the fight. I wasn’t well, I’d lost a lot of weight. I maybe had to lose six stone for the fight and it wasn’t going great.

“So Klitscho pulling out was a blessing in disguise for me the first time.”

After the pullout, Fury finally got Klitschko in the ring two months later and claimed a unanimous points victory over the legendary champion.

Yet, incredibly, the British star claims he was only fighting at 50 percent on his crowning night.

“Even in November, with all the weight loss, I was terrible,” he said.

“For the Klitschko fight, people won’t know this, but I was performing very very terrible in the gym. I couldn’t complete three rounds of sparring because I was totally energy-less.

“I had nothing in the tank. I was totally empty, running on empty. And we all sat down in the gym and said: ‘this is the punishment for losing six stone in weight again, because every single time you have a fight you have to lose all this weight.’ It becomes a fat loss camp, not a training camp.

“We pulled the sparring. And there’s video evidence of it all online, I’m sparring two, three rounds in and I’m just getting punched to pieces by everybody. And my Dad said: ‘pull him out, he’s gonna get a cut!’

“And I’m saying: ‘no carry on!’ It was terrible.

“I went into that fight with maybe 50 percent of what I was and I still managed to win [against] a great champion.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Adamsc151 on 11-22-2018

Funny that, because I watched that fight an old Wlad was at around 10% of his best form on the night.

Comment by 1hourRun on 11-22-2018

[QUOTE=petero;19287867]Said what Elie? How butt hurt you were when the Gypsy King sent you home? My favorite video you made was the day after Fury beat Klitschko and you had to commend Fury for the achievement. Reeeporting![/QUOTE] Peter Fury, in…

Comment by Dr_Calvin on 11-21-2018

Fury was panting like a St. Bernard on All Access after 10 minutes walking on the treadmill, he is still miles away from optimum condition. I don't think he could even do 12 rounds of shadow boxing.

Comment by Sid-Knee on 11-21-2018

[QUOTE=DrAnxiety;19288145]Keep talking fellas. In 2 weeks we find out if ur talking out ur buttocks or if u truly know the sport the way u all act like u do. If Fury is knocked out or gets anything less then…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 11-21-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;19287642]This bum Tyson Fury couldnt do what Ross Puritty did to Klitschko at a 1000%.[/QUOTE] What, get dominated every round until Wlad ran out of steam and take advantage of it? Fury gave Wlad a boxing lesson from start to…

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