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Tyson Fury gives up meat for Wladimir Klitschko rematch

Tyson Fury celebrates with his belts after defeating Wladimir Klitschko
Image: World champion Tyson Fury has implemented a strict diet for his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko

Tyson Fury has given up meat as part of his fitness regime for his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on July 9.

Fury (25-0-KO18) will defend the WBO, WBA 'Super' and IBO world heavyweight titles in Manchester next month after the 40-year-old Klitschko exercised his rematch clause.

The Ukrainian says he feels "rejuvenated and younger" in his own preparations for the contest - and Fury is making some changes too, having become a vegetarian in order to trim down after a period of indulgence following his title triumph in November.

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Boxing great Mike Tyson thinks his namesake Tyson Fury deserves more credit for beating Wladimir Klitschko

"It's got to the point where, if the man next to me at the restaurant is eating a big juicy steak, I'm like: 'Urgh, that's disgusting,'" he said in an interview with the Guardian. "It can't be good for you eating a big piece of bloody meat like a steak because, unless you are rearing your own animals, it is very contaminated.

"I don't like vegetables. I have to force feed myself them because of my job. The only ones I like are sweetcorn and mushy peas and potatoes.

"I put on three stone after winning the title but I enjoyed every second of it. It cost me a fortune too. There were a lot of lobsters and fillet steaks went into this belly. A lot of champagne, a lot of vodka, a lot of beer.

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Tyson Fury is confident he'll be in the right shape to defend his heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko in July

"But I'm a big believer in that you have to get unfit to get fit again. Every time I've stayed in shape in the gym I've got stale or got injuries.

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"But when I balloon up and have three or four stone to lose my muscles are allowed to recover to be ready to go banging again."

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