Klitschko vs Fury: “The Gloves Are Off”… Troubles Ahead for Heavyweight Champion
Wladimir Klitschko, from Ukraine, who is the current WBA Super, WBO, IBO, and IBF champion (64-3-53 KO), chose Paffen gloves for the bout, but Tyson Fury (24-0-18KO) found the test pair uncomfortable during training.
A second test pair was approved by Fury, but his camp is still waiting for a brand new pair to be made and delivered in time for the clashing of heavyweight champions in Dusseldorf, Germany.
“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,” Fury said.
“They’re a German brand, I think, called Paffen,” Fury continued. “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.”
Fury reveals that that the British Boxing officials are supporting his request for fairness in the matter and by the statement given below, hopefully he’ll see that new pair of gloves by weigh-ins.
Robert Smith (British Boxing Board of Control Secretary) stepped in and said, “‘You need to make them on time because it’s not fair to have a fighter boxing in gloves he isn’t comfortable with in a world title fight.”