The Manchester Derby has never been this dirty as Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko prepare for their world title fight in Manchester on July 9.
The latest jab came from Klitschko, who posted a picture of himself on Instagram in a Manchester City 2015/16 home jersey. The Ukrainian added the comment ‘The @mcfcofficial squad put me in their top spot. Thanks for the support!’
Fury is a long-time Manchester United fan. Despite growing up on the blue side on Manchester in a City family, he decided to support the Red Devils ‘just to be an outcast! The Fury household is always an interesting place to be on derby day, put it that way.’
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Fury defeated Klitschko last November in Dusseldorf to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF belts. They meet again this summer at the Manchester Arena. Fury no doubt tried to have the bout take place at Old Trafford having told Manchester United’s official site in 2015 he would love to fight at the stadium one day…hopefully against Klitschko.
“If I could choose anywhere in the world to fight one day, it would definitely be Old Trafford. I’ve always said that is my biggest dream. I’d like to fight Wladimir Klitschko here so hopefully we can sort it. I’d like to fight one of the Klitschkos so hopefully we can get them over to England. Where better than Old Trafford to make that big fight happen?”
The Manchester United vs Manchester City talk is only part of the psychological game the 2 are playing in the build-up. Fury mocked Klitschko at a recent PR event for the match saying that ‘a fat man’ beat him in the last fight and then adding ‘Shame on You.’