‘Klitschkos are cheats’

  Wladimir Klitschko — Accused

Wladimir Klitschko — Accused

Tyson Fury accused Wladimir Klitschko’s camp of being ‘cheats,’ saying on Monday that he refused to accept any water after beating the Ukrainian in their world heavyweight title fight for fear of being drugged.

“I had good information from good sources not to touch anything in the changing rooms because they might try and drug you,” Fury said on his return to Britain following his shock victory over Klitschko in Duesseldorf on Saturday.

“I went home dehydrated before I even touched anything. I was so frightened of being drug-tested and failing the drugs test.”

Fury said the Klitschko camp tried every trick to unsettle him. Fury claimed he was put down for the wrong weight at the weigh-in – 113 kilograms instead of 116 – was forced to wear gloves for the fight that did not fit him, and said the fight was almost called off because there was too much foam under the canvas in the ring.

“They are cheats, they are extremely good at cheating,” Fury, who won the WBA, IBF and WBO belts after a unanimous points decision, said.

“There were all these little things they thought might affect me, as it has with fighters in the past. But not one of them did.”

There is a rematch clause in the contract between Fury and the 39-year-old Klitschko, and the beaten champion, who had his first loss in nearly 10 years – has said: “It’s to be continued.”

“I don’t think he can do much better,” said Fury, who arrived at a news conference in Bolton, northwest England, driving his own car and wearing sandals. “He’ll analyse it, he’s a clever guy. But if he fancies his chances again, let’s do it. Round two.”

Fury’s uncle and trainer, Peter, told The Associated Press he believes a rematch will go ahead and said it could take place at Wembley Stadium, the home of English soccer in May.

“I think Tyson can do a lot better than he did,” Peter Fury said. “I want him to have a rematch and do it convincingly this time. We’ll have an answer definitely by mid-to-end of January.”

l   Luca Zidane, the son of World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane, was sent off playing for Real Madrid’s under-17s against their city rivals Atletico Madrid, after headbutting an opponent and then lashing out at the player in the ensuing melee.

In a scene reminiscent of his father’s famous dismissal in the 2006 World Cup Final, the young Zidane took exception to the Atleti player, nudging him with the head and then following up by getting invoved in the mass brawl that then took place.

The Blancos day went from bad to worse as Atleti eventually triumphed 4-2, cementing their position at the top of the under-17 table, with the young Zidane watching on from the sidelines.

Luca is not the only Zidane offspring plying his trade in the Real youth teams, though, with Theo and Elyaz in the academy and Enzo captaining the Castilla side. — AP


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