London - World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko blasted Tyson Fury as a "clown" Wednesday after his British title rival arrived at a news conference dressed as Batman.
Fury, who will take on the Ukrainian in Dusseldorf on October 24 for the WBA, WBO and IBF titles, burst into the room at a London hotel dressed as the Caped Crusader.
"Good job, Tyson Fury," said Klitschko, adding he would find the British fighter a job in the circus.
"I have good friends in Cirque du Soleil, they can give you a job as a clown. I'm telling you, not in an abusive way, I've a lot of friends from the circus industry. They're clowns, it's very tough to make people laugh.
"Calling you a clown, or having a good job at Cirque du Soleil in future, is a compliment. Watching this theatre, it's in your genes, it's there. Not every person has so much luck."
Fury even predicted the round in which he would defeat the 39-year-old champion.
"Any round you want. What round do you want, sir? The sixth? Wladimir? I'll put him to bed in the sixth round," said the 27-year-old.
"I'm as confident of winning as waking up in the morning and putting my shoes on," said Fury.
"That's how this fight's going to go. A very sharp, easy, simple knock-out. There's no doubt in my mind I can't beat Wladimir Klitschko.
"I wouldn't be the fighting man I am if I didn't. He's had all them defences, won all them fights, beat all them Americans, all them Europeans, but he ain't beat me.
"You may have fought plenty of peasants in your time, from Poland or wherever, but you've not fought the king of the gypsies before. You're looking at one here.
"You're an old man, you're getting knocked out. I can't wait, I cannot wait for this."