IT’S time to get serious. Tyson Fury has struck a light-hearted presence for the most part in the final days leading up to Saturday’s world title fight with Wladimir Klitschko. “Everything’s been done, all of the funny acts and scripts, all me trying to sell the fight has been done. Everything that’s been done has been done, I don’t need to do anything any more. I just need to sit back, relax and smile,” Fury said.
With the day of their heavyweight confrontation at hand he has become more focused. But he insists no nerves have crept in. “It is what it is. I was born for this so this is my time,” Tyson said. “You don’t get nervous at the final hurdle. Jump over it and keep going.”
Their language has mirrored each other, a sort of indirect argument, each of them has a very different take on their sport. Unlike Fury, Klitschko admitted to nerves but spoke of how that anxiety concentrated his thoughts. Wladimir wasn’t sure how the Fury fight would go. In a way similar to Tyson, he described the challenge as a hurdle, but Klitschko couldn’t tell how high a hurdle it would be until he came to it. In other words, he couldn’t know how hard this bout with Fury will be until that first bell rings to start off the fight itself.
Tyson did not get hung up on these questions of perspective. His view is clear and certain. “I already know I can beat him. I knew it from the first moment I laid eyes on him,” he said.
He contrasted himself with Klitschko. “You look at Wlad. When he’s been hurt and when he’s been down in previous fights, does he adapt to plan B or does he get stopped there and then? No plan B,” Tyson said. “It’s not about taking a punch, it’s about believing you can carry on no matter what the situation, whether it’s a crisis situation. I’m glad I’ve had a proper grounding where I’ve been hit, I’ve been hurt, I’ve stood up and been hurt and I’ve been put down and been hurt. I’m been in almost brinks of defeat situations and I’ve always managed to come through, get back on top. He has as well but when he gets hurt, he stays hurt. He doesn’t recover. When he’s gone, he’s gone, Wlad.
“Only true champions can get back up after being decked and being on the way out and turn the fight round.”
Such confidence comes from another contrast Fury sees between himself and the champion. Simply put, Tyson says, “I’m a natural and he’s a manufactured fighter. Everything Wlad knows he’s learned in a boxing gym. Most things I know have come natural to me.
“I think he thinks he’s a true, true professional. I think he thinks he’s the perfect specimen of a human being and I think he believes that no one can beat him, because of his mentality and because of the style that he’s perfected over the years.”
This week Klitschko was indeed adamant that he could only lose if he himself allowed it to happen, and that his ego would not permit that. Fury struck a different tone, countering, “I know no man’s unbeatable. Because I have faith and I believe in the Lord and I know that nobody’s unbeatable. If a child can beat a proven warrior then anybody can beat anybody. Ego, like we were talking about earlier, can be the biggest downfall in a man’s life. When you believe that no one can touch you and nothing can beat you, the Almighty will strike you down, like he did with Goliath.”
At six foot nine, with a long reach, Fury is perhaps an unlikely David to Klitschko’s Goliath. But Tyson has faith that Wladimir can be laid low. “Chins don’t get any better they just get worse,” Fury said. “He’s almost made his chin like the city of Troy with the high walls. But even Troy was breached with a bit of brains wasn’t it. I’m the Trojan Horse for him most definitely.”
Klitschko maintains that he is in control of his destiny. Fury seems to believe this story has already been written. “The way I see it, it’s way out of my hands now. Nothing to do with me at the moment. This might sound mad but if it’s in God’s will for me to be the champion on Saturday, I will be. I cannot alter that one bit. I’ve done my training, I’ve done everything that I should have done as a human being to be in this position. I cannot alter the outcome on Saturday, if it’s scripted down for me already, if that’s in my video being played then it’ll be and if not, it won’t be,” he said. “Physically it’s in my fists. But the outcome of the fight is up to God. If he can use me for any sort of thing, then I will win the fight. If I’m of no use to God then I won’t win the fight, will I? Simple. That’s why I’m not one percent nervous.
“Because I know what will be, will be. No more and no less.”
He does however have a bleak view of what lies ahead of him on Sunday morning. “There’s nothing going to surpass what I’m going to do on Saturday night,” Fury mused. “After the fight I’m going to be in a very depressed mood for about 10 days for sure. When I win, I will crash and hit the floor completely. I will go from the ceiling to the floor and I will not be allowed to be around anybody for at least a week or 10 days.
“After 10 days I come back normal again, then I can finally start to enjoy what I’ve done. Because I’m not the nicest person to be around after a fight, I can tell you that. I probably need locking in a room, feeding under the door.”
Victory might not change his mood, but it would alter the world’s reaction to him. If he wins and becomes the new heavyweight champion of the world, Fury reflects, “I could be a global phenomenon, because of my personality, my boxing style and the way I conduct myself.”
That though isn’t a prospect he appears to greatly relish, saying, “Fame, being recognised by people and all that sort of stuff, is not in my agenda. Not really interested in it. I’m doing this fight not for money, not for fame, not for glory. I’m doing this because I want to show everybody how to beat a man who can’t be beaten.”
Klitschko v Fury is live on Sky Sports Box Office this Saturday. Buy now at skysports.com/klitschkofury