Wladimir Klitschko branded Tyson Fury as “a clown” after the Briton turned up to a press conference ahead of their heavyweight title fight next month dressed as Batman.
Klitschko will defend his IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA heavyweight titles against the unbeaten Fury in Dusseldorf on October 24.
Fury has made no secret of his desire to dethrone Klitschko, but got Wednesday’s proceedings off to a light-hearted start when he arrived in the attire of the famous caped crusader.
Things took a further bizarre turn when Fury jumped over the table to wrestle a member of the audience dressed as Batman’s arch-enemy The Joker.
Fury’s antics managed to draw a smile from Klitschko, who repeatedly referred to his opponent as “a clown” and remarked: “I’ve never had such an entertaining press conference.”
But, after Fury returned dressed in a suit, Klitschko’s mood changed, telling Fury: “To act funny, doesn’t mean to act stupid.
“David Haye, a cruiserweight, could have knocked you out.”
Klitschko refused Fury’s challenge to settle their grievances there and then and offered to refer his opponent to doctors to treat his “bipolar” condition.
Alleging that Klitschko is scared ahead of their bout, Fury said: “I can already tell you’re afraid because you’ve got the biggest gloves possible.”
However, Klitschko responded: “I’ll let my fists talk.”