Tyson Fury was cool and relaxed as he came face to face with Wladimir Klitschko for the first time this week ahead of Saturday’s highly-anticipated world heavyweight title clash in Germany.
Ukrainian veteran Klitschko, the WBA, WBO and IBF champion, defends his titles against unbeaten Englishman Fury at the 55,000-capacity ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf on Saturday.
The build-up to the fight has been colourful throughout and the two men met at a final press conference in the city on Tuesday with both men seeming calm and confident.
Fury, who joked he was “nervous and shaken” ahead of the big night, even claimed Klitschko will not be his toughest opponent.
“I think this will be one of my easiest fights,” said the 27-year-old. “It might sound crazy because he’s a ‘super-champion’ and has been world champion for 11 years.
“But I see so many chinks in his armour and I’m going to expose them very quickly. If I could choose any champion to fight, I’d choose him.
“I can expose him and you’ll see what I mean on Saturday night.”
Fury (24-0, 18KOs) joked that he was overly nervous ahead of his defining fight.
“It all crashes down to me as soon as I land in the town and I see the big posters everywhere and I actually feel like I’m involved in a fight now and guess what? I’m really nervous.
“I never felt this way before - ever.
“I feel really anxious and really nervous for this fight and all these people and cameras are actually making me shy and I’m forgetting what to say.
“I’m actually shaking right now and I hope this is giving Wlad some confidence...not really, there we have it.”
The ever-cool Klitschko admitted he himself has to overcome the nerves.
“And of course, I heard what he said that he’s nervous. Which means he’s well prepared and alert - because it’s good to be nervous.
“I’m nervous before every fight.”