Tyson Fury has told Wladimir Klitschko he has “as much charisma as my underpants” ahead of their world heavyweight title bout.
Unbeaten British challenger Fury was full of his usual bluster as he berated the Ukrainian holder of the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO belts at a press conference in Germany.
“It is my mission to rid boxing of you because you’re a boring old man. You have as much charisma as my underpants,” said Manchester’s ‘Gypsy King’ Fury.
“You’re a wrinkled old man with a glass chin, and I am going to make that glass explode like a bottle hitting a wall.”
Klitschko’s fight with Fury in Dusseldorf on October 24 is the champion’s 28th world bout, one more than Joe Louis’ record.
Fury is 6ft 9in, Klitschko 6ft 6in, while the world champion is 13 years older than the British fighter. He is 39 while Fury is 26.
“Are you greater than Louis, Ali, Frazier, Holmes? I think not. You’ve just fought bums well selected for you by your management.”
“When I look at you I’m not feared. I don’t even see a big man because you’re not only shorter than me, but you’re light for a modern heavyweight.
Tyson Fury calls Wladimir Klitschko 'boring', despite being dressed like a pub landlord. pic.twitter.com/7MU5fwsZEw
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 22, 2015
“When I went to your training camp once I saw just your tired old jab-and-grab routine. I came away full of confidence. You’re nothing. History tells that when even great heavyweights get to your age, they go into rapid decline. It also says that old men give way to young lions like me.
— ITV Granada Reports (@GranadaReports) July 21, 2015
“It’s not business for me. It’s personal. You’re a robotic bore and I fell asleep listening to your long speech. I will shut you up.
Klitschko's belts: WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring. Fury's belt: Matalan. pic.twitter.com/65nF3j3eoA
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) July 22, 2015
“You look old even though I think you’ve had botox. Jab-and-grab won’t be enough against me.” Doctor Steelhammer Klitschko dismissed Fury’s taunts, saying all that matters is what goes on inside the ring. “I believe Tyson Fury is really meaning what he’s talking about. He’s definitely not coming here on October 24 to be present and on the canvas. No, he’s here to win the championship,” he said. “At the end of the day, it is going to be the fight. That speaks louder than any other action and any words.”