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.”