Tyson Fury prepared to 'hit' the referee during world heavyweight championship fight with Wladimir Klitschko

The Bolton-based fighter will pull no punches

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Tyson Fury has said he is willing to hit the referee should he interfere too much during his world heavyweight championship bout against Wladimir Klitschko.

The Ukrainian's fights have sometimes been known to feature over-bearing officiating with challengers left complaining about referees who break their momentum. Fury, however, has an unconventional solution up his sleeve if the third man in the ring should impede him.

“I couldn’t give a f***,” Fury told Boxing News Online. “I’ll hit him and all."


The Bolton-based fighter believes he will need a knock-out if he is to emerge victorious from the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf on October 24.

Fury's opponent, who is the reigning WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion, is popular in Germany and the British hopeful is aware he will need to avoid the fight being decided by the scoring cards.

"I need a knockout to win," he said. "I ain’t gonna win a decision in Germany anyway. Do you really think they’re gonna give me a decision in Germany against a super champion who they love?”

Wladimir Klitschko is the current WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion

“Win, lose or draw I’m getting paid a lot of money for this so I’m there to entertain," Fury continued.

“I’ll do my best to entertain, I ain’t there to jib and jab around the ring. I’m there to hurt, to draw blood and to put on a good fight. Either I get knocked out or he gets knocked out.