FURY'S STEPPING INTO THE UNKNOWN
Tyson Fury admits he is going into tonight's fight against Alexander Ustinov at Manchester's Phones 4U Arena knowing virtually nothing about his opponent - but says anything is better than letting down his fans.
Ustinov is a last-minute replacement for Dereck Chisora, after the Londoner broke his thumb while sparring with the Belarusian on Monday.
The pair were able to get the measure of each other for the first time at the weigh-in yesterday, Fury coming in at 18st 5oz - exactly two stones fewer than his stand-in opponent.
Fury said: "I'm buzzing to be in a hometown fight. I didn't want to let anyone down, that's why I took Ustinov on. I'm very excited and I'm in great shape, but it is what it is. I'm going in blind, I don't know what to expect.
"I've had no preparation, no sparring, I've had nothing for this fight. No gameplan, so we're going to see on the night how I can adapt to a different man."
Chisora's withdrawal left promoter Frank Warren with a race against time to find a credible opponent for Fury.
After managing to catch Ustinov hours before he left for the airport, he is confident fight fans in Manchester will be excited to see a match-up which could go either way.
He said: "It's a tough job for Tyson, mentally to readjust your whole gameplan.
"On the night I think suddenly the bell's going to go and we're going to see a little bit of a war here and Tyson can't afford to lose."