Wladimir Klitschko responded to Tyson Fury’s bizarre rant during an interview with the Daily Mail on Sunday.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Fury (24-0, 18 KOs), who will challenge the 6-foot-6, 242-pound Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) for The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts on November 28 at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, expressed strong views against abortion and homosexuality and called the mammoth Ukrainian a “devil worshipper.”
“There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home: one of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other one’s pedophilia,” said Fury, 27, a crude Gypsy who was named after Mike Tyson. “Who would have thought in the 50s and 60s that those first two would be legalized? When I say pedophiles can be made legal that sounds like crazy talk doesn’t it? But back in the 50s and early 60s, for them first two to be made legal would have been looked on as a crazy man again.”
Fury, who has long struggled with severe depression and suicidal thoughts, continued his outlandish tirade.
“Goliath was a champion, a monster who had never been beaten, and then this young guy, David, came forward, a child who believed in God and did it,” Fury said. “God gave him the power. What was right will always prevail over wrong. Good will always prevail over evil. I see that in me versus Klitschko. To be honest with you, I know Klitschko is a devil-worshipper. They are involved in bigger circles and stuff like that and they do magic tricks and whatever. You can go on YouTube and watch them playing with magic.”
Klitschko addressed Fury’s remarks on Wednesday morning.
“His comments make me sick,” said Klitschko, 39, who earned gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. “They were disgusting and had nothing to do with the promotion. They just showed the true insides of Tyson Fury – he is unhappy.”
“We live, thank God, in a democratic world and people have a right to an opinion. But people need to respect each other. As for calling me a devil-worshipper [for liking magic tricks], that’s just stupid. When Tyson Fury starts working in the circus, he’ll be working with some amazing magicians. And if he still believes it’s magic, well, between you and me, it’s not magic at all but just tricks. But I will do some magic on Tyson Fury in Dusseldorf – I’ll knock him out and make him disappear from boxing.”
“Dr. Steelhammer,” ranked sixth in the pound-for-pound rankings, has emerged triumphant in 22 consecutive outings since enduring a TKO at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April 2004. Of greater significance, Klitschko has won 18 straight championship contests and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 successful defenses.
Fury is an adequate prizefighter and he certainly deserves an opportunity to battle Klitschko. Unfortunately for the colossal Englishman, Wladimir Klitschko has matured into a legendary pugilist and his previously defective jaw has seemingly hardened.
In a lopsided affair, expect the “devil worshipper” to punish Tyson Fury with a blistering jab before triumphing within 24 minutes later this month.