Tyson Fury has dismissed suggestions that his time spent training alongside Wladimir Klitschko gives him an advantage when he challenges the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion on Saturday.
Fury remained a raw, unproven professional when, five years ago, he spent time in the Klitschko training camp while working with late trainer Emmanuel Steward.
In the build-up to Saturday’s fight at Dusserdorf’s ESPRIT arena, he has already spoken of the time he outlasted Klitschko in a sauna, and he has also trained alongside Eddie Chambers, a former Klitschko opponent who for more than a year worked with Fury’s trainer and uncle Peter.
The combination of the two had the potential to give him greater knowledge of Klitschko than the vast majority of the champion’s challengers, but Fury remains adamant that neither experience will help on Saturday because he claims Klitschko does nothing out of the ordinary so he therefore learnt nothing from each.
“I didn’t really learn anything (training with Klitschko),” Fury said.
“Training’s training, boxing’s boxing. Everyone does the same kind of stuff, they spar, they train, they do whatever they do to prepare for fights.
“(Chambers) didn’t really give me any advantages. Inside track is nothing, it’s just what it was: a training camp. I already know what boxers do, I’ve been in it all my life. I know what they do and I know how they prepare.
“Eddie fought him. He said he is what he is: he’s a big man and he uses it well. I’m a big man and I use my things well, but I’ve got more than him because I can move better. And I can do different things what he can’t: more mobility in other words.
“There’s no advice from him. It’s just knock each others brains in, basically.”