Holy Smokes - Klitschko faces Fury and the 'Caped Crusader'
Wladimir Klitschko probably never thought he would come up against Batman and The Joker.
Yet that was the bizarre scene that unfolded yesterday at a news conference in London to promote his heavyweight title defence on October 24 against Tyson Fury.
Fury ran into the room dressed as the caped crusader and took his seat at the front table. Then a man dressed up as The Joker walked in to interrupt Fury, who jumped over the table and wrestled him to the floor, knocking Klitschko's title belts to the ground in the process.
Fury pointed to the man on his back on the ground and then to Klitschko, and told him he will end up the same way.
He then left the room, and returned having changed into a suit and took his place at the top table, apologising for his lateness - with no reference to what had gone on previously.
Klitschko, who laughed and applauded as well as repeatedly calling Fury "a clown", said it was "the most entertaining press conference I have been to". He added: "Give Tyson Fury a round of applause."
"I'm as confident of winning as waking up in the morning and putting my shoes on," said Fury.
"That's how this fight's going to go. A very sharp, easy, simple knock-out. There's no doubt in my mind I can't beat Wladimir Klitschko.
"I wouldn't be the fighting man I am if I didn't. He's had all them defences, won all them fights, beat all them Americans, all them Europeans, but he ain't beat me.
"You may have fought plenty of peasants in your time, from Poland or wherever, but you've not fought the king of the gypsies before. You're looking at one here."
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