Tyson Fury has been known to say some downright bizarre things, and to maybe go a bit too far, but what he's saying about today's fight with Wladimir Klitschko is a different sort of bold. Fury, 27, says that if he loses to Klitschko in Germany -- which is the expected outcome -- he would consider retiring from boxing as "a fraud."
"If I lose on Saturday, I'm a fraud," he told Press Association Sport. "I won't be the champion I think I am. It would mean I'm no good. Simple. If I can't beat Wlad, it means I'm no good. And I'll be the first person to say that.
"I'd think about retiring, for sure. Because make no mistake, there's nobody out there other than Wlad that's any good. I think Wlad could beat the rest of them out there. It is what it is. if I don't beat him then I'm obviously no good so I'll think about doing nothing and just put my feet up."
Fury (24-0, 18 KO) has been impressive thus far as a pro, and has put himself into a position where he's not just another opponent for Klitschko (64-3, 53 KO), but one of the few who can generate bigger than average interest for a fight with the champion.
But he is the underdog, and for good reason. Wins over the likes of Dereck Chisora and Christian Hammer are a far cry from beating Wladimir Klitschko, and the step in class is really enormous. Fury has never faced anyone near this level.