It’s hard to believe its been nearly four years since Tyson Fury dethroned then undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
All the way back in November 2015 at this stage.
A lot has happened for both men since and indeed for the entire sport of boxing.
The landscape of the noble art is in a far more positive place than it was then.
The heavyweight division in particular is now blown wide open.
Genuine excitement and life is flowing through its veins once again.
Fury since 2015 took a hiatus from the sport due to mental health and substance abuse issues.
Klitschko has since retired following defeat to Anthony Joshua.
There has been consistent murmurings nonetheless however that the Ukraine giant could be returning to the ring this year.
An April Fools day prank from the former champion in an interview claiming he was making a comeback one of the most recent rumors.
Fury for his part has turned his life around completely since his dark days.
He now finds himself well and truly back in the frame for big fights after a draw with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder last December.
This Saturday the Manchester man makes his Las Vegas debut German Tom Schwarz.
Ahead of the fight in an interview with Kugan Cassius of IFL TV the lineal champion was quick to put the boot in on old foe Klitschko when asked about him:
“How old is he? He must be about 43. Wlad is 43. Wlad was no good in his hey day. A big sore loser.”
“He’s a sore loser and he’s a pathetic loser too. That’s all I’ve got to say about Wladimir Klitschko. Never was any good. The first good man he fought, me, he lost.
He bullishly then blasted:
“I’ll haunt you Wladimir to the day you die! You sucker. I’ll wake up in your nightmares. You’ll never get rid of the Gypsy King! B****! I gave you an a*** kicking b****! Aka b*****o!”
Recently long time rival of Fury Anthony Joshua came unstuck in a huge upset at the hands of Mexican-American Andy Ruiz.
Ruiz now finds himself holding three of the four major heavyweight titles in boxing.
The other belt (WBC) is currently held by Deontay Wilder. Making all four belts reside in the United States at this time.
Fury believes Joshua quit in the fight and pulled no punches in his full reaction to what he saw at Madison Square Garden.
A verbal bashing to put it mildly.
Tyson Fury Gives Reaction To Joshua Loss vs Ruiz
Here’s his full, brutally honest reaction to Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Andy Ruiz — as well as much more ahead of fight night this weekend:
It is thought Joshua is currently lining up a rematch with Ruiz for the end of the year.
Indeed, if he were to lose the rematch, it could spell catastrophe for Joshua’s career at this point.
Particularly if he were to get stopped again or lose conclusively.
As for Fury, his fight this weekend in Las Vegas will take place at the MGM Grand and will be shown live on ESPN.
30-year-old Fury comes into the bout with a record of 27-0-1 (19KO).
His 25-year-old German foe also comes into the bout unbeaten as a professional with a record of 24-0 (16KO).
The fight capital of the world awaits the grand arrivals this week for one of the biggest heavyweight fights seen in Vegas for some time.