In what became one of the most bizarre boxing press conferences of all time, Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko went head-to-head on Wednesday as the two prepare for their showdown in October.
Fury appeared at the press meeting dressed as Batman and undertook a number of strange actions geared to unsettle the experienced heavyweight champion.
As expected, Fury ramped up proceedings by taunting Klitschko, with the Ukrainian powerhouse calling the Brit "a clown" several times and claiming he is "bipolar," per Liam Prenderville of the Mirror.
Harry Pratt of The Ring provided Klitschko's comments in full, where he insisted he could be the man to "make Fury a better person":
That’s the most entertaining conference I have been at in 25 years boxing. It was funny and amusing. But a lot of the statements and nonsense that he said is because of the insecurity inside him.
I was definitely shocked when he said he is going to go after the referee, if the ref gives me advantages and covers up for me in Germany. So he is going to go after the referee and knock him out, I guess. I am listening to this and cannot believe what the man is saying.
So I definitely think Tyson Fury is a bipolar psychopath and he needs treatment and that I can make him a better person. I have done the same with a lot of other guys previously and the way of the treatment is the fight. The treatment has already started for him.
The insult fired up the excited Fury, who took off his jacket and offered to settle their differences in front of the press and those watching on TV.
Fury vented his exuberance, telling the champion, per Prenderville: "You’ve never fought a Gypsy King before. I cannot wait. Welcome to my city, welcome to my town, UK baby."
Klitschko remained calm and relaxed during the press conference despite the Mancunian's antics, but the overall result will add more hype to the October 24 bout.
Fury also said he believes former heavyweight champion David Haye could beat the 39-year-old veteran, saying, per Prenderville, "David Haye, a cruiserweight, could have knocked you out."
BBC 5 Live's Richard Conway posted a video of Fury's pre-planned show on Wednesday, running into the venue dressed in a Batman suit after getting out of an expensive sports car:
It seems Fury's actions caught everybody unaware, with the BBC's Ben Dirs commenting on the Brit:
Fury is an outsider for the fight, but he has the physical advantages needed to defeat the champion and cause a huge shock. The boxer has a record of 24 wins with no defeats, per BoxRec, and his imposing stature is not a physical element the Ukrainian is used to fighting.
Fury's height and reach mean he will be a difficult target for Klitschko to hit, and if the Brit works the jab well, the champion will find it difficult to win rounds.
The fight is well balanced to force a classic encounter, but Fury's lack of world-class experience could come back to haunt him on October 24.