Tyson Fury was relaxed and jovial at the final press conference for his World Heavyweight Title fight with Wladimir Klitschko.
The colourful challenger even sniffed the champion during the traditional staredown and joked that he was feeling “more nervous than ever” when the boxers came face-to-face on Tuesday in Dusseldorf.
But there was no repeat of the wacky stunt Fury pulled at the last press conference in September when he dressed as Batman.
The Morecambe-based challenger, dressed in a checked suit and waistcoat, smiled broadly at the assembled press as he spoke ahead of Saturday’s multi-million pound championship fight.
“I think this is going to be one of my easiest fights. I know that sounds crazy because he’s a super champion but I see so many chinks in his armour.
“I was injury free the whole camp. We didn’t leave anything unturned.
“I ate, slept and drank plenty of water, and ate my vitamins, so I should be feeling good come fight night.
“But it all crashes down to me, as soon as I land into the town and I see the big posters everywhere and I actually feel like I’m involved in a fight now.
“And I feel really nervous. I’ve never felt like this before ever. I feel really anxious. All these people and cameras are making me really shy and forgetting what to say. I’m actually shaking right now. I hope this is giving Wlad some confidence by the way.
“Not really. There we have it.
“I hope Wlad’s trained really hard. I’m not going to go on too much because I don’t want to scare him off like last time. As we know if I say a lot of stuff on the press conferences we usually don’t have the fights.
“I didn’t believe this fight was going to happen for a long long time. And he’s proved me wrong. This fight is actually going to happen.
“I’m coming very fast for you Wlad. Old guy, young guy, old champion, new champion. Enough said.”
Klitschko, dressed in red sportswear, sat impassively while Fury spoke.
The 39-year-old WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion then said: “This time I have a very colourful guy that is young and wants to have a real challenge.
“I’ve heard what he’s said. He’s well prepared. He’s alert because it’s good to be nervous. I’m nervous before every fight. I always face new challenges.
“I’m really happy that this fight is taking stage. I’m sure it’s going to be a sold out stadium.”
The two men then shook hands.
Also at the press conference, the fighters’ respective managers engaged in a war of words over the gloves to be used on Saturday night.
Bernd Boente, Klitschko’s manager, and Mick Hennessy, representing the undefeated Fury, argued over the Tyson camp’s refusal to wear gloves picked by the champion.
Fury, 27, had even threatened to withdraw unless he receives his specified type of gloves before the fight.
Hennessy claimed Tyson had trained for five weeks to get used to Klitschko’s gloves but they were “breaking his thumb”.
The manager then had a dig at the champion, who withdrew from the initial date of the fight due to a calf injury, by saying: “Tyson didn’t pull out though.”
A grinning Fury suggested Boente and Hennessy settle their differences “outside” like YouTube road rage star Ronnie Pickering.
Also on Tuesday, Klitschko and Fury’s old rival David Haye announced his comeback fight against Australian contender Mark de Mori on January 16.
Former World Heavyweight Champion Haye, who hasn’t boxed since July 2012, lost on points to Klitschko in 2011 and twice withdrew from planned fights with Fury in 2013 and 2014 due to injury.
And he said he’d only consider a bout with Fury if he can upset Klitschko on Saturday.
“If Tyson Fury somehow manages to pry all those titles from Wladimir Klitschko he’s number one on the planet and I’ll happily go for him,” said ‘The Hayemaker’.
“But if he doesn’t win, he’s just a guy who talks a lot and has never beaten anybody really.
“I don’t think he’ll be the best representation for boxing if he’s the champion.
“It takes a special person to beat Wladimir Klitschko and I don’t think Tyson Fury is that guy.”
Meanwhile the Paris terrorist attacks have prompted an increase in security around the 55,000-seat Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf on Saturday night.
There will be undercover security and an armed police presence as fans enter the football stadium.