Tyson Fury has a conspiracy theory about first Wladimir Klitschko fight

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Back in November 2015, Tyson Fury shocked the boxing world by defeating Wladimir Klitschko to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts.

Speaking five months on, however, the British boxer doesn't exactly seem convinced that everything was above board when he faced his Ukrainian opponent late last year.

In fact, Fury, who faces Klitschko in a rematch on July 9, has come up with a conspiracy theory to explain just how he was able to win the original fight:


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"'You don't know what effect it has on a man's mind getting beaten when he thinks he is unbeatable," Fury said, via the Daily Mail. "But I think he might have lost on purpose in Germany - I have contemplated this as well."

"What happens if he knew I was contracted in for a rematch and I couldn't fight anybody else? If I retire and don't fight him, he gets the belts back anyway, that's in the contract.

"If I fight him again and he turns it up and knocks me out in 10 seconds - or whatever - then he has won his belts back to become a three-time heavyweight champion. Not many have done that - only people like Muhammad Ali.

"He could then still go on and beat Joe Louis' record (of 25 successful defences of the heavyweight title) if he wins it back and wins a few more fights. Happy days...But it would not have been possible unless he had lost our first fight."

Fury has been known throughout his pro career as a man not shy of making unorthodox comments. To suggest his opponent - a fighter who had lost just three times before his points defeat to Fury - would intentionally hand over his title belts is, though, one of his most outlandish to date.

Money focus

In the British fighter's eyes, however, Klitschko and his team may well have been focussing on future revenue rather than the damaging effects of one defeat.

Citing the veteran's five-fight TV deal with RTL, Fury made the case that, by losing to him last November, Klitschko was able to fill two of the five spots with one high-profile name rather than having to search for other potential opponents with less pulling power:

"The broadcasters are happy," explained the Manchester native. "They've got their drama.

"And Klitschko had already lost anyway. It was not as if he was like Joe Calzaghe or Floyd Mayweather, undefeated and the zero meant a lot. It didn't mean anything to him. He's a businessman isn't he?"

Whether any of this was in the Ukrainian's mind in Germany last year is anyone's guess. What is clear, however, is that Klitschko cannot afford to lose two fights on the bounce to Fury.

If there was a bizarre conspiracy in place last time, the upcoming bout in July will be straight down the line. It is win or bust for both boxers.

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