He explained his tactical plan, his objectives, even the reasoning behind his methods. All the secrets of athletes work so hard to keep hidden, all the elements of surprise, Fury exposed.
And nobody believed him. Why? Well, the clue is in that song, a strange, maudlin entry for such a warrior. He is crazy. And only a madman would tell his opponent his precise intentions.
He really suffers from a mental illness that is serious and disturbing, but also prone to wild contradictions, which is fairly standard in boxing.
One day the sport is his reason for being and he could not do without it; the next he would give up all of two fights from now on and lead a quiet happy, very normal life.
So when Fury revealed his strategy of beating the most devastating puncher on the planet, his audience gratefully received the information, noted it and immediately ignored it.
Fury would not reject his trademark style in the biggest fight of his life. It would not take him just seven weeks to perfect an approach as opposed to everything he has tried before. That was the madness. Only a madman would take such a huge risk.
Now, after perhaps the best performance of a British heavyweight, who is the crazy one?
The fight that Fury fought with Wilder, the blueprint made with his new coach SugarHill Steward and honed in the legendary Kronk gym, will perish as one of the best strategies in sports history.
It was devastatingly effective, tactically refined, and extremely ambitious. It changed the popular image of Fury and its potential in a matter of minutes, elevating it to the canon of really large heavyweights.
And the impact on Wilder was one of shock and awe. By the time his trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel – a decision that seemed more controversial than it was – Wilder looked as if he had just taken the wrong corner in the roughest neighborhood and was overworked by a gang armed with lead piping.
He was beaten up, old school. It was completely cruel – and exactly what Fury predicted he would do.
So why didn't anyone believe him? Because he's crazy.
And that turned out to be a weapon that was just as powerful as his boxing ability, his movement – unique to a hunter of his size – his desire, his defensive humor and fists that Wilder now knows are a little more difficult than pillows.
& # 39; I am an old feather duster that cannot crack an egg, & # 39; Fury scoffed. After fighting for what seems strange to say but underestimating the power of Fury, Wilder did not know what struck him.
Fury & # 39; s manager, Frank Warren, bathed in the afterglow of a triumphant night. He now knows he has the key to what he called the biggest event in British sport since the 1966 World Cup Final: Fury versus Anthony Joshua.
No date, no location and, if Fury boxes are like that again, probably not a competition, but the potential is there for an occasion like no other.
But first, Warren was happy to surrender to a bit that I told you. He knew Fury was telling the truth when he publicly charted his Wilder combat plan. He was not excited that it was seen as a trick.
& # 39; I told you what would happen, & # 39; Warren crowed. & # 39; Everyone thought he was crazy going toe to toe. Why is he crazy? It was like he couldn't fight or something. As if he had no knockouts on his record.
& # 39; This is without a doubt the best performance of a British hunter ever. Fury is there with Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Joe Frazier, because this is his generation.
& # 39; He defeated the second longest running champion ever in Wladimir Klitschko. He beat the man who was supposed to be the best of his generation, he just beat the biggest puncher. For a man who doesn't always look athletic and calls himself a fat guy, he's more athletic than everyone else together.
& # 39; He moves faster, he has better boxing brains, he has great hand-eye coordination and he can fight on the hind and forefoot like a southpaw or orthodox. He is a nightmare to fight because he works out your style.
& # 39; He felt that he never got the respect he deserved for beating Klitschko in Germany and I think that was part of the problem. He should always have been respected. He is a traveler, he felt that they were outsiders and he was not embraced.
& # 39; Unfortunately, the people around him at that time were all pretty negative instead of lifting him up. This time it's different. You haven't seen the best of him. He is 31. He has no mileage on the clock.
& # 39; I think he's in a great place because he came back and got the love. He didn't get that before, but people, especially in Britain, like a comeback story.
& Someone is lying on the floor and they are pulling themselves up by their boots. I remember that he was invited to the field during the rest of a game in Manchester United last year and he didn't want to do it.
& # 39; I just told him to go out and feel the love, I had to convince him that people loved him. So he went on and got the biggest cheer and it lifted him up. It is not narcissistic; it's just good to feel part of something. People recognize what he is doing now. & # 39;
They certainly do that. Fury & # 39; s victory here will be resonating, especially with those who have seen it, because they will know firsthand what value it was for every second of those seven rounds.
And even those who fool the timing, or the pay-per-view fee, will be aware of the emphatic nature and courage that it entails.
Britain has had some great hunters in recent years, not least Lennox Lewis who was on the ring before, but no matter how admirable Lewis's work was, he had no fight as brilliant as Fury-Wilder II.
This was special because both men were in their prime. And it was special because Fury hardly stepped back. He chased Wilder around the ring and would probably do the same with Joshua.
& # 39; You do not fight a puncher by dancing 12 rounds, & # 39; said experienced promoter Bob Arum.
& # 39; You jump on him from the beginning, take him to waters he does not want to go to. & # 39;
& # 39; They were the perfect tactics for this fight and they would be great for fighting Joshua, & # 39; Warren repeated.
& # 39; You would jump on him and put him on the back foot, because you know that if he clamps him, he goes. It is the old Waterford crystal. & # 39; And Warren pointed to his chin.
Fury, meanwhile, was on his way to Hakkasan, whose branch in Las Vegas is as many night clubs as Asian eateries.
Fury had spoken before the fight of a celebration that mixed cocaine with call girls, but no one took it seriously – and this time cynicism was almost certainly right. Warren even doubted whether his husband would drink.
& # 39; I asked if he was going to get p ***** to celebrate, but he said he'd had enough of it in the three years he was celebrating, & # 39; he explained.
Fury & # 39; s missing years – partly mental health problems, mainly the result of a failed drug test – are among the reasons why he previously failed.
Without a doubt, he is now in a better place – and as Warren said & # 39; a better person & # 39 ;. It also makes a huge difference to the sport that it now has a charismatic heavyweight champion.
Wilder did his best as a showman – and his masked entrance with glowing red eyes was just as intimidating as he seemed all night – but the regular calling of & # 39; Bomb Squad & # 39; can't be compared to Fury with a crowd of 15,000 in a fully committed version of American Pie, like he did in the middle of the ring here.
Fury & # 39; s mental well-being is certainly not an act, but whatever part of the rest is shown for the show, that edge is a useful one. Whether Fury talks, philosophizes, sings or fights, it contributes to a package that has made him indisputably number one in the heavyweight division.
Joshua has more belts, Fury greater credibility. Thinking about the night's activities in a suit and tie, but without a shirt, Fury suddenly looked the smartest man in boxing. It seems that madness is all in the mind.
Barcelona (4-1-2-1-2) : Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique (Umtiti 68), Lenglet, Firpo; Busquets (de Jong 59); Rakitic, Vidal; Arthur; Messi, Griezmann (Braithwaite 72)
Subs not used : Neto, Roberto, Akieme, Fati
Goalscorers : Messi 14, 37, 40 , 87, Arthur 89
Manager: Quique Setien
Eibar (4-2-3-1) : Dmitrovic; Tejero, Burgos, Arbilla, Cote; Diop, Exposito; Orellana, Escalante, Inui (by Blasis 66); Enrich (Gonzalez Casin 66)
Subs not used : Sergio Alvarez, Oliveira, Yoel Rodriguez, Cristoforo, Pedro Leon
Booked : Escalante, Diop
Manager: Jose Luis Mendilibar
Referee: Cesar Soto Grado ]
] Attendance: 66,970
& # 39; Is he the second coming of Cryuff? & # 39; Fans mock the terrible attempt of new Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite for skills, as controversial signing is revealed for an EMPTY Nou Camp
President of Barcelona, Josep Bartomeu, Martin Braithwaite's ADMITS signing is unfair on Leganes and calls for the LaLiga transfer mesh to be law-locked … but only after his party exploited it! Martin Braithwaite from Leganes on Thursday
Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu has openly admitted that his side should not have been able to sign Martin Braithwaite while the transfer window is closed.
The Spanish champions signed Braithwaite from Leganes on Thursday using a bizarre LaLiga transfer scheme that allows clubs to replace a player if they have long-term injuries.
And Bartomeu said during the unveiling of Braithwaite that the ruling should not exist: & # 39; We have paid the clause in accordance with the regulations, although we believe it should be reviewed because it is not fair that Leganes can now sign anyone.
& # 39; After analyzing various players, we chose Martin. We think it will help us win the two remaining titles, & he added.
& # 39; I am very excited about the arrival of a new player and we hope that he will help us in a competition that we want to win and that is very open. He will give us strength.
& # 39; We had a long-term injured player like Dembele, alongside Luis Suarez. The technical team has studied players and we hope that Braithwaite can make a quick debut.
& # 39; He has signed for the next four and a half years and is coming to help now and for the future. & # 39;
Braithwaite can make his Barcelona debut on Saturday against Eibar, but he cannot play in the Champions League in Napoli on Tuesday.
Arsenal's new boy Pablo Mari makes his best Ricky Martin impression with a rendition of his hit track & # 39; Maria & # 39; from 1995 while taking center stage for the initiation song
- Arsenal & # 39; s new signature Pablo Mari & # 39; Maria & # 39; by Ricky Martin sung for his initiation
- The defender played a decent performance on Instagram
- The Spaniard joined the Gunners of Brazilian side Flamengo in January
- Mari still has to appear before the first team while building his competitive fitness
Arsenal is new signature by Pablo Mari showed his best Ricky Martin impression for his initiation song after the Spaniard's move to North London last month.
The former Manchester City defender joined the Gunners during the January transfer on loan from the Brazilian side Flamengo. Although he traveled with the team for their recent Europa League band with Olympiacos, he still has to play for the higher side in building up his competitive fitness.
However, the 26-year-old has not only worked hard on the training field while working out his vocal cords for the song & # 39; Maria & # 39; from Ricky Martin from 1995.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang posted a video of the initiation of the Spaniard on his Instagram account.
Mari has even added some dance moves to his performance that have been treated with his new teammates who are laughing along.
Mari wore last week for the e there is an Arsenal shirt for the U23 party of Arsenal against Chel Zee in a 2-1 defeat in Premier League 2.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was impressed by the first appearances of the defenders for the club .
& # 39; When he came to the club, he had played a long time and he also had a little niggle when he came to us, & # 39; said Arteta.
& # 39; But his attitude and commitment is real, really good and very surprising. He did very well recently and hopefully we can start using it soon. & # 39;
Martin Braithwaite unveiled at EMPTY Nou Camp after controversial £ 16 million move to Barcelona when Middlesbrough flop seals & # 39; dream & # 39; switch from endangered Leganes – and admits that it is a & # 39; surprise & # 39; was
Martin Braithwaite sealed a dream movement from Leganes to Barcelona this week, but the former Middlesbrough attacker did not welcome heroes to the Nou Camp.
Barca fans are used to filling the historic stadium to celebrate the arrival of a marquee signature. Only photographers, club members and family members of Braithwaite were present when he did kick-ups on the holy grass.
La Liga controversially allowed the ruling champions to complete the £ 16 million movement as an emergency sign, and the unveiling was performed behind closed doors while the 28-year-old wrote a four-year deal.
Barca is supposed to agree to the deal, the doctor led and the player revealed within 24 hours, indicating the urgency after Ousmane Dembele was excluded for the remainder of the season.
Braithwaite said: & # 39; At first I was surprised by Barça & # 39; s interest, but for years I had dreamed of it.
& # 39; I had the ambition to play at that level. I always believed in it. If you are positive, you work hard and you pray, anything is possible. & # 39;
The Denmark ahead scored six of the 18 league goals of Leganes for the club and general manager Martin O of the club rtega has criticized Barca and the divisional governing body for their handling of the transfer.
& # 39; We believe that there is an unfair settlement that Barcelona has benefited from & # 39 ;, Ortega said.
& # 39; The person who is damaged by this is Leganes. We want to raise our voice. The damage is huge.
We do not understand the current regulations in any way. That a team, because a player is injured for the long term, can unilaterally transfer that problem 100 percent to Leganes. & # 39;
& # 39; Barcelona knows the damage it can do with the signing of Braithwaite. We believe that there is an arrangement that is unfair. FC Barcelona has benefited from that regulation. The injured party is Leganes. & # 39;
PETE JENSON: Barcelona takes £ 16 million Martin Braithwaite destroys the integrity of LaLiga … They are responsible for their own sad planning and now Leganes is faced with an unjust degradation without their star human
There are still 14 games left and Leganes are fighting to survive one of the soil. Barcelona & # 39; s devil slapdash planning this season has left them with just three strikers – one of them, Ansu Fati, a 17-year-old in his first season – and so they have signed the best player of Leganes.
Again, according to the rules, they have done nothing wrong, but that is little comfort to Leganes.
Barcelona has the controversial £ 16m signing of Leganes striker Martin Braithwaite
Braithwaite cannot play in the Champions League because UEFA does not allow him to be registered outside the deadline. He can help Barcelona win the title. His departure probably condemns Leganes – who cannot buy a replacement – for relegation.
Barca can now draw a player because they have shown that Ousmane Dembele needs more than the minimum of five months to recover.
Leganes have also lost a player through no fault of their own, but since it is not an injury, they now have to play until the end of the season with one team less. General manager Martin Ortega was left fuming in today's press conference because he & # 39; unfair & # 39; LaLiga accused.
Barca could only register a new player if he had no contract or if they paid a release clause. In Spain, most players have release clauses.
If a club pays the clause, the club has no choice; they lose the player. Barcelona has paid € 18 million (£ 15.2 million) and Braithwaite is leaving.
The situation seems even more unfair because Barcelona came into this situation because of its ignorance. And because the great escape of Leganes turned into one of the stories of the season.
When Javier Aguirre took over the third coach of Leganes this season, everyone in Spain had played 12 games. They were at the bottom of the table with five points.
They were six out of safety and all records were rolled out that no team had ever survived after such a bad start.
But there were two reasons to believe: the 61-year-old Mexican coach was good at this. He had saved teams in similar situations twice before. A great man manager he would organize the defense and let the good players play.
And that was the second reason to believe – despite the terrible start, they had two very good players.
With attackers Youssef En-Nesyri and Braithwaite shooting in front and the charismatic Aguirre putting out fires elsewhere would be safe.
s Sevilla rolled up in January and paid the € 20 million buy-out clause for r En-Nesyri. It was a blow, but Leganes would still be good. They also had the former Southampton striker Guido Carrillo and perhaps Braithwaite was the better of their strikers.
The window closed at the end of January. He was still there, despite interest from Brighton, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, and Leganes breathed a sigh of relief. They were still in a dogfight but still had their teeth. Not anymore.
Barcelona also spent January selling. They already knew they were short of striking options with Luis Suarez out, but they had B-team center player Abel Ruiz on loan to Sporting Braga with a mandatory purchase of £ 10 million at the end of the season. And Carles Perez was sent wide forward, again on loan with a mandatory purchase of £ 10m plus £ 2m in add-ons.
That left them with Lionel Messi, Fati and Antoine Griezmann as well as the returning Dembele, a talented but unfortunately injured winger.
The rule must be changed. Can release clauses be deleted? No, because they help clubs buy promising young players. They pay their lower wages, but put low release clauses in their contracts, so agents know that if their client is doing well, he will not be held against his will.
Another suggestion is that Leganes should now be able to replace Braithwaite. But if they then pay the clause of a striker on a side of the second division that tries to win promotion to the top flight, the injustice is simply moved to a new club.
Does the competition allow the chain to continue until its course runs? Or may clubs in the Barcelona situation only allow a player without a contract?
Whatever solution Leganes is left behind is the downstream creek without a paddle. Poor old Aguirre, no doubt he was on a hefty survival bonus. He now needs a miracle to earn that.
Martin Braithwaite completes controversial £ 16 million move to Barcelona with Leganes abandoned after he was denied the opportunity to sign his own replacement by the Spanish FA
Martin Braithwaite has completed his £ 16 million move to Barcelona from Leganes
The Catalan giants were allowed to draw a striker after being left with only three forward to carry them through to the end of the season – of which only 17 are
As a result, the Catalan giants Leganes Braithwaite & # 39; s released a £ 16 million release fee to keep him available for the weekend.
Barcelona currently has Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez both injured for the foreseeable future.
Dembele has been locked out for six months with a hamstring tear after an operation in Finland last week, while Suarez is unlikely to return this season.
The green light was given to sign Barcelona on Monday morning to sign a replacement after the committee had confirmed the injury as a long-term dismissal, according to the La Liga regulations as a problem that a player keep outside for at least five months.
The Danish striker has scored six goals and given one assist for r wrestling with Leganes over 24 La Liga appearances this season.
Barcelona welcomes Eibar on Saturday at the Nou Camp, when the former Middlesbrough man was able to make his debut.
Braithwaite scored only nine times in 40 appearances during his two-year stint in Middlesbrough, joining the club from Ligue 1 in Toulouse in 2017.
Leganes, who are second from below in La Liga, cannot replace Braithwaite causing fans to become inflamed by the move.
Barcelona wants to pay Martin Braithwaite release fee of £ 16 million TODAY, because they plan to unveil Leganes on Thursday after being allowed to sign a striker
- Barcelona looks like confirm the signing of Martin Braithwaite on Wednesday
- The Denmark international made an impression for wrestling with Leganes this season
- Barca has got special permission to sign a forward due to injury crisis
Barcelona latest set to complete the signing of Martin Braithwaite on Wednesday, with a view to the unveiling on Thursday.
The Catalan giants have been allowed to sign an emergency attacker after being left with only three forward to take them to the end of the season – one of which is only 17.
And according to RAC1 Barcelona are ready to immediately pay Leganes the release fee of £ 16 million to have it available for the weekend.
Barcelona currently injures Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez for the near future.
Braithwaite has scored six times this season in 24 games for Leganes in the Spanish top flight.
Barcelona welcomed Eibar on Saturday at the Nou Camp, when the former Middlesbrough man could make his debut.
Barcelona is approaching a £ 16 million shock to Middlesbrough flop Martin Braithwaite outside the transfer window because of a crazy La Liga loophole … so how can the Spanish champions sign an attacker and can Leganes replace their star-hunter?
- Barcelona has permission to sign an attacker because of the injury of Ousmane Dembele
- The Spanish champions were given time until March 6 to sign a new striker
- Former Middlesbrough attacker Martin Braithwaite will close a move to Barca
- Leganes would be the 28-year-old star attacker could not replace Braithwaite
Former Middlesbrough flop Martin Braithwaite has emerged as the main target of Barcelona with the club approaching his signature.
Here, Sportsmail & # 39; s Spanish expert PETE JENSON answers the most important questions about his potential movements as he prepares to exchange Leganes for Barcelona.
So how did someone move to Barcelona underwhelmed in Middlesbrough?
There is a certain amount of despair, that is clearly part of it. Barcelona is ashamed of the situation they are in.
They have the biggest budget in the competition, but they only enter the last three months of the season with only three attackers and one of them is only 17. But we don't need credit from Braithwaite. He is very impressive in Leganes. If he gets his move, he has earned it.
And it's going to happen?
Braithwaite shares an agent with Frenkie de Jong, so that has effortlessly opened one channel. And they do not have to negotiate with Leganes if they pay the buyout clause of € 20 million (£ 16 million).
The problem is that they were budgeted at the start of the season to sell a major player (most likely Ivan Rakitic), but despite him spending most of the first half of the season on the bank, he is not forced.
It means that cash flow is a problem. They might have to take a credit or think of an unorthodox way to compensate the selling club for the signing to happen.
Getafe & # 39; s Angel is also on the agenda and costs less than half. That deal is still not dead.
Back to Braithwaite … would he fit in?
Quique Setien likes him. He is a player who can score goals and take the lead, but can also do other things. Occasionally he played this season from the middle to the front fell deeper or ran wide.
He is someone who could play the position of Luis Suarez, but could also operate alongside a center defender. He has eight goals in 23 starts this season, which is good for a struggling team. But it is its versatility that attracts. And he has scored against major teams in La Liga – including Barca and Real Madrid.
How would the line-up of Barcelona with Braithwaite in the team?
He will not be able to play in the Champions League. As far as UEFA is concerned, you cannot receive a special injury dispensation in February if you do not sort your squadron in the two available windows.
That means he may be playing in league games prior to Champions League games to give Lionel Messi or Antoine Griezmann a rest.
He could play between the Frenchman and Ansu Fati when Messi is sitting on the couch. In the same way, he was able to line up with Messi and the younger one if Griezmann was the player who was left out.
Could he stay with the team in the long run?
The club tries to sign Lautaro Martinez and / or Neymar. They also have Luis Suarez still in contract and want to come back and achieve the goals that will bring him to the second highest scorer in the club's history.
It is hard to see how it would not be shipped again in the summer. Barcelona would hope that he had done well enough that the club could make a profit on its £ 16 million price tag.
If he plays well alongside Messi and then has a good Euro 2020, then that helps.
When will this be closed?
The club only received full authorization to sign a player on Monday. They now have until March 6 to bring someone in. But it seems that they want to do something sooner rather than later.
They could do with a story that overshadowed the controversy of accusations. They used a social media consultancy to plant stories about enemies of the board.
Setien ideally wants someone in the team this weekend for Eibar's visit. It is really not necessary to wait longer if a buy-out sum can be collected and paid for.
And can Leganes sign a replacement?
No. Braithwaite is their record, permanently brought in from Middlesbrough last summer for around € 5 million (£ 4.2 million), but they would lose it without the chance to win another striker.
Losing him would probably stamp their degradation rubber. It will be tough for the club that gives giving a real crack despite a poor start to the season and losing another striker – Youssef En-Nesyri – in the winter window.