Tyson Fury has always maintained that he secured a ‘mental victory’ against Wladimir Klitschko, even before the pair met in the ring.
Ahead of the 2015 heavyweight title fight in Dusseldorf, where Fury became unified champion after a points victory, ‘The Gypsy King’ spoke about the incredible battle he had with his opponent inside a sauna.
In an episode of Sky Sports’ Gloves Are Off, he told the incredible story in full.
“I’m at his training camp, we’re in the sauna, about ten guys in the sauna.” he said, while Klitschko stared at him.
“And it came down to me and Wlad in the sauna. Do you remember this Wladimir, at all?
“It gets down to him and I’m over the other side. I’ve only had 12 or 13 fights, but still, in my mind I was mentally in a competition with him.
“He can say what he wants, he can deny it, whatever. I was prepared to die in that sauna before I got out. I stayed in for like 40 minutes.”
Klitschko then replied: “I honestly don’t know what you’re talking about but I believe in the sauna people were walking in naked, so…”
Both men went back and forth in the debate, as the Russian continued to deny what happened.
And now, five years after his defeat to Fury, the 44-year-old has labelled the story as ‘disturbing’
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