Wladimir Klitschko caused gasps throughout the gathered media on Wednesday when the former world heavyweight champion displayed a new hardened persona during his UK visit.
Speaking at the English press conference announcement for his rematch with Tyson Fury, the Ukrainian managed to get a few things off his chest after losing his belts for the Briton last November.
“This is my first time in this arena and I’m really glad to perform here. It’s my first fight on British soil for a while,” said Klitschko.
“In the past few months, I’ve been going through a lot of emotions and analysing things. I made a mistake in the previous fight in Dusseldorf and It cost me my titles. It is not so easy to fight a challenger with great skills that Fury has, otherwise, he wouldn’t take the titles.
“Since then, he’s done a lot of statements that are disrespectful and I’m not ok with that. What comes out of Fury’s mouth is disrespectful.”
Klitschko then shocked the crowd by mentioning Fury’s comments on homosexuals and women before uttering the words ‘fuck off’ in reference to anyone that follows Fury’s views.
‘Dr. Steelhammer’ then pointed out that he fully intends to rectify the defeat in the best possible manner when the pair collide again at Manchester Arena on July 9.
“Aside from that, I like many people, look forward to having a champ that reps the sport in a certain way, a good way and that I can look up to and say ‘I’m ok with that.’
“I promise I will knock Tyson Fury out this time – period.”
The 40 year-old fights in the UK for the first time in 16 years this summer and will have to shake of his underdog tag in order to do so following a disappointing performance the first time around.