Can Klitschko Redeem His Battered Image From Fury?

Can Klitschko Redeem His Battered Image From Fury?

Several months after losing his titles to Tyson Fury, former heavyweight world champion Vladimir Klitschko is still licking his wounds.

And Fury is not helping matters either as he seizes any given opportunity to cast aspersions on his boxing rival.

Klitschko recently admitted that he has “suffered like a dog” since losing to the British pugilist, but is determined to redeem his image.

He vowed to humble the controversial British heavyweight in July rematch according to German magazine STERN.

Klitschko had lost his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts after Fury’s unanimous points win last November in Dusseldorf.

With that defeat, the Ukrainian suffered his first loss in more than a decade after a poor display.

“I’ve suffered like a dog,” Hamburg-based Klitschko said, but added: “that’s fair. He was better”.

The pair will meet again in Manchester on July 9 and Klitschko wants revenge.

“I’m going to win,” said the 40-year-old.

“I’m going to bash his face in for all his anti-Semitic, sexist and homophobic comments, which he regularly likes to come out with.”

While Klitschko is preparing in Austria, Fury is training hard in the Dutch town of Steenbergen to lose the three stones (19 kilograms) he put on after beating Klitschko.

The British fighter has promised to beat Klitschko “in every department” but has been a controversial champion.

Manchester-born Fury had to apologise last month for making anti-Semitic remarks.

He had ealier made sexist comments about British athletics star Jessica Ennis-Hill last December and has repeatedly expressed homophobic and anti-abortion views.

Klitschko was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world from 2008 until losing to the 27-year-old Fury, and had secured 22 consecutive victories since his previous defeat in 2004.

He compared his previous success to football team Bayern Munich, who have just become the first club to win the German league title four times in a row.

“Continuous success is always boring. It is unsatisfying for the public. It’s like Bayern Munich,” he said.

“But what is the option? To lose? Or to be the subject of scandal? I wouldn’t want either.”

Can the Ukrainian redeem his battered image in the Tyson Fury rematch?

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