Fury: Klitschko lost on purpose

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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has upped the ante ahead of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on July 9 in Manchester, suggesting that the Ukrainian lost their first fight on purpose.

Ahead of their fight in Dusseldorf in November, champion Klitschko had not lost in 22 fights and was expected to comfortably defend his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles against Fury, but lost in 12 rounds for the British fighter to be crowned the new champion.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Fury has suggested Klitschko lost their first fight on purpose in order to become a three-time heavyweight champion like Muhammad Ali.

“I think he might have lost on purpose in Germany,” Fury told the Daily Mail.

“What happens if he knew I was contracted in for a rematch and I couldn’t fight anybody else? If I retire and don’t fight him, he gets the belts back anyway, that’s in the contract.

“If I fight him again and he turns it up and knocks me out in 10 seconds – or whatever – then he has won his belts back to become a three-time heavyweight champion. Not many have done that – only people like Muhammad Ali.”

There has been no response by Klitschko other than him telling BoxingScene that he wants his belts back.

“I want my belts. It will be the most important fight of my entire sporting career,” Klitschko said to BoxingScene.

“I always come out better when the people are against me. In Manchester, I’ll have 90% of the fans against me.”