World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is under no illusions about the calibre of his next challenger as says adjustments will have to be made mid-fight to deal with the style of Tyson Fury.
The pair meet on October 24 in Dusseldorf as Klitschko aims to kick-off a new five-fight German television deal triumphantly in what will be the formidable Ukrainian’s seventh defence of the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles combined.
Klitschko recently went face-to-face with Fury at a press conference to announce the fight and was forced to look up to the Briton who stands a full three inches taller and has never lost as a professional. The 39 year-old said he enjoys the challenge though and hinted that keeping the fight at long distance was the key to victory.
“I think this fight is going to be hugely challenging for me,” Klitschko told Sky Sports.
“Fury is going to be switching the stance from southpaw to regular and he’s good with a close fight. He doesn’t like too much to fight at long distance, but there are certain things I need to adjust myself during the fight.
“I see it as a great challenge and I am enjoying it a lot. I am in training camp and getting ready. It’s challenging but it’s enjoyable as well.”
On his new TV deal with RTL, Klitschko added: “There is another prolongation for another five fights and am feeling very well. I hope my motivation and my health will last long enough.”
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