With their July 9 fight edging ever nearer, Wladimir Klitschko has reignited his war of words with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Fury is never far from controversy, but a bizarre interview with his uncle sparked outrage after he actually managed to surpass his previous levels of prejudice.
Fury managed to be anti-Semitic, homophobic, and also claimed to be ‘outing’ his Ukrainian opponent as bi-sexual.
Klitschko has now labelled the title-holder an ‘imbecile’ and compared his world view to that of Adolf Hitler.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Klitschko said:
I was in shock at his statements about women and the gay community. But when he got to the Jewish people he sounded like Hitler. I am fighting a guy who can’t hold his mouth. He is an imbecile. Seriously. We have an imbecile as world heavyweight champion.
In this crazy world we live in we don’t need someone using this great stage to bring hate to the Jewish people. I cannot accept that. We are one society. It puts our sport in the wrong spot. As champion he represents not only himself but so many other people, including all the fans of boxing.
When I beat him I will not only be doing Klitschko fans and boxing fans in general a favour but also the British fans. We cannot have a champion who creates the friction which generates hate. After women, gays and Jewish people, what next?
He is probably mentally sick and either he needs to be shut up in the ring or suspended.
Fury has apologised on numerous occasions in the past for making inappropriate comments, but Klitschko – who reigned as champion for over a decade – doesn’t believe the British fighter is sincere.
I am not buying any of that BS spewing out of his mouth. It is absolute, total nonsense. And we know it.
He is talking the talk, but ‘Dr Steelhammer’ will have to prove he can walk the walk on Fury’s turf next month in Manchester.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.