Boxer Tyson Fury has called his upcoming opponent Wladimir Klitschko a 'devil worshipper' and has said 'the end is nigh' in a new interview.
The 27-year-old will fight Ukrainian Klitschko for the heavyweight crown on November 28th, but doubt has been cast on his mental wellbeing after an interview published in The Mail on Sunday over the weekend.
During the interview, Fury - who was born in the UK but is of Irish heritage, and a cousin of current middleweight champion Andy Lee - made several offensive comments about homosexuality, drawing parallels between gay people and paedophilia, and repeatedly quoted the scriptures, alleging that Armageddon would be upon us in 'just a few short years.'
Some choice quotes attributed to the controversial boxer include:
"All these rock stars and singers and these famous people, it is common knowledge that they are all involved in an occult group of Satan-worshippers and all that sort of stuff. A man who does evil things and worships an evil one, how can he win over a man who wants to do good things and preach good stuff? It ain’t going to happen. He can’t beat me now. Now I know what he is — a devil-worshipper — I know he has no chance of beating me. God will not let him defeat me, not at all. I am almost a thousand per cent certain that he cannot beat me."
On alleged signs pointing to the impending apocalypse:
"There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home: one of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other one’s paedophilia. Who would have thought in the 50s and 60s that those first two would be legalized? ‘When I say paedophiles can be made legal, that sounds like crazy talk doesn’t it? But back in the 50s and early 60s, for them first two to be made legal would have been looked on as a crazy man again. If I would have told you 120 years ago, that a 1000-tonne aeroplane is going to float through the sky, a piece of steel — ludicrous."
On death and the afterlife:
"They say we only use a small portion of our brains. So maybe when we die, the full brain is unlocked. Maybe we can time travel. Maybe we can be anywhere at once. Maybe we can teleport. These aren’t new words. Teleport ain’t a new word. It’s written in the scriptures."
Read the full interview here.