By Terence Dooley
World heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) has predicted a far more destructive performance ahead of his fall rematch with former Champion Wladimir Klitschko, who he believes has been completely psychologically out-witted over the past year as well as physically defeated.
Fury and Klitschko were due to meet in July, but an ankle injury forced the 27-year-old to postpone the bout. Now back in training, Fury has told BoxNation TV that he expects a repeat, rather than revenge, performance when they meet again.
He said: “(I am) getting over it (the injury). I started running at the beginning of the week. I’m weighing about 19st 8/19st 9, so there is less than a stone to go with 15 weeks left.
“I’m just playing games, practicing and being in the gym with the camp, that sort of stuff. Sparring with the lads. We go into serious training about 12 weeks out, so we’ll just tick over, enjoy what we’re doing and enjoy our time.”
“It happened because it wanted to happen,” he said when asked if the injury was a setback. “It wasn’t frustrating. I only spent about 30-40 grand on training camps then injured my foot after paying for sparring partners, hotels and flights for everybody. It is only money. It is there for spending. You win some and lose some. I’ve had plenty of fights cancelled on me.
“(There are) no lows, it’s all games. I’m the master of disaster, the king of sting—all those things you want to see, that’s me. I am the master at mind games, the best psychologist in the world. I outdone a doctor in mind games. He (Klitschko) is a doctor of psychology and I beat him in mind games, so what does that make me? A professor. Everything I do I do for a reason, not off the hook.”
Fury is eying the likes of WBC titlist Deontay Wilder and IBF holder Anthony Joshua should he repeat the trick against his Ukrainian rival. Never short of confidence, the 6' 9'' boxer believes that he has eclipsed all the other heavies, including the greats of the past.
“I’m not interested in legacies, I’m interested in zeros on my bank account and enjoying myself,” he declared. “There’s a lot of great names, but I’m the greatest of them. Me, Tyson Fury.”
News of injury led to more negative press for Fury, who was pictured drinking and singing with England fans at Euro 2016. Fury, though, believes in the old adage that it is better to be talked about than not mentioned at all.
“I thought it’s been good press, to be honest, as there’s no such thing as bad publicity,” he said. “I spent about 2500 quid in shots and drinks for the fans.”
As for the rematch itself, he predicted a less tactical affair when analysing the bout, saying: “I’ll remove his head from his jaw first. You’re going to be picking his ribs up off the floor and I’m going to be victorious once again.”
He added: “Then I’m going to fly to New York. I’m going to drink all Guinness and whisky that’s in New York, and then I’m going to Orlando to have some time with the kids and the wife. That’s the man I am, always will be—that’s why I’m the ‘Gypsy’ Warrior’, the ‘Gypsy King’.”
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