If Tyson Fury’s fists work half as well as his mouth, Wladimir Klitschko might have a serious challenge for the heavyweight title Saturday night.
Wednesday, at a joint public workout in Dusseldorf, Fury chose to sing a bizarre version of “Wind Beneath my Wings” to the champion from inside the ring.
“You are the one with all the glory, I’m the one with all the strength,” he sang to the champion via The Guardian. “You are the wind beneath my wings. For I am the one with the new gold ring. And I’ll be the one with all the belts.”
The bizarre behavior has been going on all week. At a press conference on Tuesday, Fury sniffed a bemused Klitschko like a dog, then announced that the champion smelled like women’s perfume.
“This is going to be one of my easiest fights,” Fury said. “That might sound crazy as he is a super champion, but I see so many chinks in the armour and I am going to expose them very quickly. There is nothing that I see that Wladimir does that makes me afraid or makes me think I can’t win against this guy.
“I’m in the greatest shape of my life and he’s getting knocked out on Saturday mark my words.”
Klitschko didn’t feel need to reply verbally, but his camp did show a video of fighters promising to knock him out, followed by scenes of the beatings they got in the ring.
Fury does come into the fight with a 24-0 record, and he’s got a big enough punch that an upset isn’t completely impossible. After all Klitschko has three career losses, all where he got knocked out by lesser opponents.
Other than that, Fury has shown nothing that lead an impartial observer to think he’s going to last very long against the 39-year-old champ that has won his last 22 fights. In 2013, Fury was knocked down and losing to journeyman Steve Cunningham before he rallied for a knockout.
The two best wins of his career are a pair of decision victories over Dereck Chisora, who is currently ranked as the No. 18 contender in the heavyweight decision, and has never won a fight of any serious consequence.
“Wladimir Klitschko is a consummate professional inside and outside the ring,” said British heavyweight David Haye, who lost to Klitschko in 2011. “The best guy on Fury’s record is Dereck Chisora, you look at Klitschko and it is a whole different story. This is Tyson’s first introduction to world heavyweight boxing. He has never fought anyone who is a true world class fighter.”
Haye said he gives Fury a 5 percent chance, and there are plenty of people who agree with him.
Fury, though, was unconcerned enough that he decided to hold court on one of sports’ biggest issues – PED use. Fury has never been accused of being a steroid user – his weight problems come from too many meat pies, not steroids – but he has a unique way of looking at the issue.
“The old-fashioned ways ain’t the ways so I’m all open for drugs because, if we want to go forward in life and be in a democratic world, as they say, then I think being in a democratic world means that we have to be open to different things,” he said. “Does it or does it not?”
Apparently, that means that Fury thinks it should be drug testing that is banned, with athletes allowed to take whatever they choose.
“Why don’t they just make drugs totally legal in sports, then everybody would be taking drugs, then it would be fully fair then, wouldn’t it?” he asked. “It would be fairer, I think because you can’t tell me that 99 percent of these sports people ain’t taking drugs when they’ve got bodies like Greek gods.”
Fury can certainly talk. Saturday, we’ll find out if he can fight.