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Wladimir Klitschko: Tyson Fury is an 'imbecile' who needs shutting up

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GOING, Austria - From his training base amid beautiful surroundings, Wladimir Klitschko sent Tyson Fury an ugly message as he labelled him "an imbecile champion".

Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) is preparing at a luxury bio spa hotel in the foothills of the Tirol mountains in Austria for his rematch with Fury (25-0, 18 KOs), who relieved the Ukrainian of his IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles via a unanimous points decision in November.

The 40-year-old is bidding to become a three-time world heavyweight champion after Fury upset the odds in Dusseldorf, Germany and claims he will be doing the world a favour by avenging defeat to the controversial Briton.

"I'm fighting a guy who can't hold his mouth on certain things," Klitschko told reporters at his mountain training base.

"I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community and when he got to the Jewish people he sounded like Hitler. The man is an imbecile.

"You can't have a boxer representing his sport like that. He's an imbecile champion.

"It puts boxing in the wrong spot. He represents not just himself, but the sanctioning bodies, a lot of boxing fans in general, it's not just about him and he needs to understand but he obviously doesn't."

Klitschko added: "We can't have a champion like that.

"Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or just suspended, because you cannot create more hate.

"Friction creates friction, the more hate you bring out there -- with women, the gay community and Jewish people -- what next is he going to say?

"It's just something we don't need in this world, it's beyond boxing.

"I'm looking forward to revenge at his home, it will happen in his own back yard."

Klitschko believes he is more motivated ahead for his clash with Fury for his WBA and WBO belts at the Manchester Arena on July 9.

"Sometimes you are dull with your feelings, yeah you are motivated, but not like I am now," Klitschko said.

"It was a mistake [the defeat] but I'm going to change a lot. My routine will remain the same as it has been in the past years.

"There was a lack of punches thrown and what ever it was I'm going to fix it on July 9.

"I never thought about retirement. Why? Because there was nothing leading me to that. I don't actually believe what happened. Fury won the fight but I don't feel defeated. I know how to fix it and we are capable of doing that.

"I've had three defeats before and after each defeat I came back stronger."