Meanwhile Fury has been in a row about the ‘Paffen’ gloves that he is expected to wear for his heavyweight world title challenge to champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night in Dusseldorf Germany.
The British challenger has found the test pair of gloves sent to him by the manufacturer uncomfortable to train with due to the design and says they are not suitable, and Fury has threatened to pull out of the fight if it isn’t sorted!.
A second test pair were deemed more suitable in the first instance, but Fury is still waiting for a pair to be made and delivered to him in time for Saturday.
“There’s a ruckus over the gloves.” Fury explained.
“I mean this, If I don’t fight in the right gloves, then there’s no fight!
“I’m in Germany, in the town he picked, wearing the make of gloves he wanted.
“He’s had it all his own way in every single aspect and all I ask is that I’m treated fairly and to wear gloves which fit me, for the sake of my hands. Because this is not my last fight. After I knock him out, I’ll have other fights and I need my hands for my trade.
“I just want a normal glove. I either get the gloves I want or there’s no fight. Alternatively, we can do it bare knuckle.”
“They’re a German brand I think called Paffen,” Fury added.
“They sent me some gloves over which Wladimir had asked for and they had big giant thumbs which were about two or three inches bigger than normal so that the thumb is sticking out.
“Every time I was punching with them my thumb was nearly breaking. No matter how we tried breaking them in, it wasn’t working.
“I was hurting my hands all the time. We phoned the guys there and they said ‘these are the gloves Klitschko has asked for and he won’t be happy if we give him any other gloves’.
“I said ‘how can I box in gloves I’m not comfortable wearing?’ They sent me another style with normal thumbs which seemed to be okay. But then they said ‘oh it’s going to be a struggle to make these gloves in time’. They are still not made.”
“If I get the gloves with the big thumbs? It’s a no-go area. I’m not fighting in them. Because even if I throw a jab, I’m going to dislocate my thumb.
“Mind games won’t affect me at all. If there are no gloves there is no fight. It’s not rocket science. It’s like coming into a ring with no shoes on. It’s not going to be sanctioned. I would definitely not go back on this.”
Klitschko talks Glove row