Wladimir Klitschko is convinced he will do a similar job on Tyson Fury to the one he did on David Haye in 2011 when the pair square up at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf on October 24.
The 39 year-old out-pointed Haye in Hamburg following years of bravado from the Londoner and says defeat for the ‘Hayemaker’ changed him as a person.
Fury used Tuesday’s press conference as a verbal sparring session, much the same as Haye did four years ago, although Klitschko was expecting more fireworks than what actually transpired.
Ahead of his imminent fight with the outspoken challenger, Klitschko believes he can also turn Fury’s attitude around by inflicting a first loss on the former British and European champion.
“I was a little disappointed as I looked at my business partner Bernd Boente and I said; ‘Is this it?’ Klitschko told Sky Sports’ Head of Boxing Adam Smith.
“There will be another press conference in London and another during fight week so there is plenty more entertainment. Knowing how Tyson Fury entertains people with everything he does and says, sometimes we need to clean it and not to show it to underage children.
“I think this fight is going to attract a lot of people in front of their TV sets and in the arena. I definitely won’t be taking Tyson Fury easy as I haven’t done with anybody. It’s always something you need to face and a lot of things can happen in the fight.
“He’s kind of ambitious. Tyson is 26 and he definitely says things or does things that later on he’s going to regret, but I see it as a therapy. David Haye was one of them and I promised people that David Haye would be a better person after we fought and that’s exactly what happened.
“I was proud on my performance and proud that David became a better person. With Tyson it’s going to be pretty much the same thing and you can take me as the therapist. I think it’s going to work well,” he added.
Phrases like ‘The Klit will be licked’ and ‘You’ve got as much charisma as my underpants’ have already brought a chuckle or two in the early build-up as the pair move on to a London press conference which could prove even more lively.
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