Tyson Fury is always good for a quote or ten, and the unbeaten, outspoken heavyweight contender has his biggest fight coming up on October 24 against world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, so what did you expect? He was going to suddenly be on his best behavior?
Fury told Boxing News that he feels he has to end the fight inside the distance to win, and that if the referee is intrusive on the action, he'll hit him, too:
"I'm there to hurt, to draw blood and to put on a good fight. Either I get knocked out or he gets knocked out. I need a knockout to win. I ain't gonna win a decision in Germany anyway, do you really think they're gonna give me a decision in Germany against a super champion who they love?"
Fury (24-0, 18 KO) will be a rare opponent who has a height advantage over the 6'6" Klitschko (64-3, 53 KO), as Fury stands 6'9". The big Brit will also have a reach advantage of four inches, 85" to 81". And unlike past big Klitschko opponents such as Mariusz Wach or Francesco Pianeta, Fury moves around the ring quite well, especially for someone his size.
Will any of it matter? That remains to be seen. Klitschko hasn't lost a fight in over 11 years, and in all reality has probably been the single most dominant fighter in all of boxing for the nine-plus years, starting with his 2006 win over Chris Byrd. Klitschko has barely lost a round over that time, and has not been seriously challenged in any of his last 19 fights.