There is no love lost between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
The heavyweight pair is reportedly close to reaching a deal for their highly-anticipated rematch, following a controversial end to their first match last December. However, the British boxer recently signed a multi-million co-promotional deal with the broadcasting behemoth, ESPN, casting confusion on their return fight.
Two months since the questionable draw happened, the “Gypsy King” still believes that he was robbed of the win and has some harsh words for his American rival.
Tyson Fury seems to be the biggest star in the heavyweight division now. His market value has reached unprecedented heights since fighting in front of American fans in Los Angeles against Deontay Wilder.
Aside from landing an $80-million deal with ESPN, the British boxer is also set to earn three times his first Wilder fight paycheck in their upcoming rematch. True enough, Fury’s dark days are over, and he is now reaping the fruits of his successful return to boxing after years of an exhausting battle against his own demons.
In the words of the lineal heavyweight champion, “it has been an amazing journey.” And he couldn’t be more proud of these feats after the ups and downs, the twists and turns, and the rain and sunshine he experienced.
“I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved because when I started boxing as a young boy, the odds of becoming a world champion were astronomical. I’ve won every belt along the way. It’s been an amazing journey. I’ve had my ups and downs, but along with the sunshine, there has to be a little rain sometimes.”
“I’ve had a lot of sunshine, but I’ve had a lot of rain, too. It builds character. It does, it really does. I’m sat here today, I’ve managed glory, fame, and lots of pain, too. I’m an experienced campaigner in the division. Not only can I talk about boxing and know what I’m talking about, I can talk about other things. I’m experienced, and I’ve been there.”
Thankful for the opportunities, the 30-year old said he just needs to keep winning and doing what he does best.
“It’s great. It’s a new chapter for me. I’m in my second career, anyway. This is my third career. I’ve had a million careers, a million lives.”
“I’m so thankful for everyone who keeps giving me the opportunities. All I’ve got to do is keep winning, keep doing what I do best, training and keeping out of trouble, on the straight and narrow, and I think I’ll be alright.”
But considering the danger of the sport, Fury stressed that there is much more to life than winning. He is grateful that he is healthy and well-minded, which he believes is the most important thing in one’s life.
“On the same night (I fought Wilder), Adonis Stevenson got a bit of brain damage or whatever, and I hope he gets well soon and all that. We’re in a very dangerous sport. Not only more than winning, to go home healthy to my family is a massive thing. I’ve got five kids and a wife. If I got brain damage, that’d be the end of everything.”
Asked about his American rival, Fury slammed the reigning WBC heavyweight champion for messing up his record and called him a “big, useless dosser.”
“Deontay Wilder, great guy, top fella, good fighting man. But to me, he’s still a big, useless dosser. And he had to rob me in America to get a (draw). It basically messed my record up by giving me a big old blue tick on my record.”
Watch the full interview below:
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