Tuesday 25 April 2017
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Tyson Fury says Klitschko win was a ‘bad performance’, champion wants rematch in Germany

Fury Klitschko rematch

By Jordan Stoddart

Tyson Fury has given a surprising assessment of his stunning win over Wladimir Klitschko last night and staggeringly says it was a bad performance on his behalf. The Englishman (25(18)-0) pulled off one of the great sporting upsets last night as he convincingly outpointed the long-reigning, unified champion Klitschko (64(53)-4) over in Dusseldorf, Germany. Fury was on form from start to finish in a dramatic fight, however, the newly crowned IBF, WBA, WBO and lineal heavyweight king insists there is a lot more to improve on. The undefeated star (25(18)-0) caught up with SKY Sports on Sunday morning to reflect on the historic bout. The champion also stated his desire to not only head straight to a rematch with the Ukrainian great, but to also go back to the lion’s den in hope of replicating the outstanding feat.

“To be honest with you, I don’t think we’ve seen 65 per cent of what I can do,” Fury told SKY Sports News. “For me it was a bad performance, so although it was good enough to win the heavyweight championship of the world and beat a man who had not been beaten in 10 or 11 years, that wasn’t as good as I can do. I’ve got plenty of people to back that up. That was about 60-65 per cent of my arsenal last night and I can go up another level as well, so I can’t wait to get onto the next performance and do even better.

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“I think Klitschko will, I think he’ll take the rematch but it’s alright when the blood is pumping and the adrenaline is going, then saying ‘I want a rematch’ but when he gets home and has a couple of weeks to think about it, he knows that was a one-sided fight last night. Regardless of some of the the scorecards being 115-112, there were rounds in there where I was playing with him and had my hands behind my back, hands in the air. I was taunting him the whole way through, I was playing games in there and it was our plan to enjoy the fight from the first bell to however long it lasted, and just excite, entertain and be a sportsman,” he continued.

“That’s what I done last night and I didn’t take any calculated risks for myself because I know when I can put my hands down against an opponent and I can feel if they can hit me or not, and I was right in front of Klitschko’s power range, doing hands down and getting low and going back up and pulling out. There were times I was jabbing and going slip, slip, slip and getting out of there, so even if he had ten years training the result will always be the same and I think when we do have the rematch, I think it’s going to be a much easier fight.

“Where everyone thought I wasn’t going to get a decision in Germany and everybody thought I was going to get played with and everyone thought he can take it as he wants, either knock him out or beat him on points. It doesn’t really matter to me where I fight. If you say I’m fighting in Japan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, America, wherever it has to be, it has to be. I’d like to come back to Germany again to fight Wladimir. I enjoyed it. I got a great reception from the German fans. The German people really did show me some love, and I just hope I entertained. I tried my best to entertain the people, and I hope everybody who watched it enjoyed it just as much as I did performing. Where better place to do it then beat him in his own backyard, where nobody thought he could be beat,” he added.

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