Boxers will always chat rubbish to sell fights, but Tyson Fury is taking his pre-match blustering ahead of this month’s world heavyweight title showdown against Wladimir Klitschko to the extreme.
The 27-year-old Briton has labelled himself as the “modern-day Muhammed Ali” and promised to become the most controversial, most colourful and most charismatic champion since the man know as ‘The Greatest’, when he faces Klitschko for his WBA, IBF and WBO belts in Dusseldorf on 28 November.
Will this outrageous grandstanding make people want to watch the bout – rearranged from last month after the Ukrainian suffered a calf injury in training camp? Perhaps only to see Fury get knocked out.
Although he remains unbeaten in his 24-fight career, Fury could not dare to claim that his in-ring achievements match those of Ali, who duelled with and beat the great Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
The comparison must stem from this once-in-a-generation personality that Fury prides himself upon – a recent example being him appearing as batman for a September press conference. Good one, Tyson.
But such delusional bragging is not personality. It is sheer ignorance, and a fair few people, many Britons included, wouldn’t mind seeing Klitschko knocking it out of Fury when they go toe-to-toe in Germany.
(Video) Ashley Young guilty of yet another horrendous dive in Manchester United win
(Video) Fernandinho leaps like a salmon to put Man City in Champions League dreamland
John Terry hints at violent methods he’d use to deal with Chelsea traitors (video)