Tyson Fury’s face pops up on the screen during a Zoom call and he immediately screams my name.
“Keyeeeeeeeeevin ah-oh-Liiyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee“ Keeeeeeeeeooeeeeooeeeeooeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee youeeee youee “Sportzshalaoooooooo Sports. You’re talking to the coolest MFer! How are you?”
He has a smile on his face and a playful attitude. He will take on Derek Chisora on Saturday (1300 ET, ESPN+) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Tottenham, England for the WBC world heavyweight title. Fury, however, looks just as relaxed a week before the fight, as if he were lying on the couch watching the fight while snacking.
Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that he has already defeated Chisora twice. Fury defeated Chisora by decision in 12 rounds in 2011 and then stopped him after 10 rounds in 2014. Chisora hasn’t been on anyone’s radar as a potential adversary for Fury, but Fury doesn’t care about things like legacy or other people’s opinions. He fights Chisora because he wants to fight him.
Now, perhaps some of that has to do with the fact that unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has said he won’t be ready to fight until early 2023. Fury has a history of mental health issues and the monotony of boxing training camps keeps him going. dot. He didn’t want to take a holiday for the rest of the year after he stopped Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans in London in April.
When he couldn’t negotiate a December fight with either Usyk or longtime rival and ex-champ Anthony Joshua, he turned to Chisora. He said that the fight with White would be the last of his career, although few people believed him.
But immediately after that, he said that it would take a huge amount of money to bring him out of retirement.
However, he realized that he was not ready to turn his back on the game, which had been part of his life since kindergarten.
“I’m really not ready to move on right now,” he said. “I thought there was, but apparently it wasn’t. That’s why I came back for more punishment.”
He was punished by the media and some of his fans for choosing Chisora as his next opponent. Chisora hasn’t done anything lately to earn a title shot. He is 1-3 in his last four matches and 33-12 in his career, including two previous losses to Fury.
Fury came to the US in 2018 to fight then-WBC champion Deontay Wilder, the first of five consecutive fights in the US. He drew with Wilder on December 1, 2018. He knocked out Tom Schwartz on June 15, 2019 and then Wallin on September 14, 2019. This led to a rematch with Wilder on February 22, 2020, which he won via TKO in the seventh round.
That was four fights in 14 months in the US. But the pandemic hit and he was out of action for 20 months until he fought Wilder for the third time on October 6, 2021, a classic fight that he won via TKO in the 11th round.
He wanted to stay more active, so when he decided not to retire after the White fight, he decided it would be in December. He wanted Usyk or Joshua, but when he couldn’t make a deal with either of them at the right time, he moved on to Chisora. It wasn’t so much dodging Usyk as his desire to stay active.
But he said there would be 70,000 fans at Tottenham on Saturday. said that no one complains that he does not fight Usyk.
Those who complained hardly bothered him.
“Their opinion means nothing to me,” he said. “Nothing… Derek was more attractive than some foreign guy, because people know his name in England, and always knew him. The fans know him very well. write down.”
Fury was mostly playful during the brief talk about the fight. Earlier that year, he announced that he would be coached by Isaac Lowe. It was not true then and it is not true now. Sugarhill Steward would still be in his corner, but Fury continued the ruse. He insisted that Lowe would fight on the undercard, move to long range, and then prepare him for the fight.
He smiled for most of the chat and joked a lot. But when asked who coaches him, he directly joked.
“Low trained me and he’s actually fighting on the undercard,” Fury said.
It was a typical Fury who fooled around and shot for a laugh. He is happy with where he is in his career and has no plans to retire right now, but it will be fight after fight at this stage.
He insists that legacy means nothing to him and said he struggles because it’s what he’s been doing for most of his life, he loves it, and makes a great living doing it.
“I don’t really care about that legacy shit,” he said. “I’m only interested in waking up every day and being thankful for what I have and for who I am, thankful that God has given me another day. When people start ranking you, it means you’re done, you’re done. Where they want to put me is none of my business. I do not care. When I’m done tell me I’m the crappiest boxer that ever lived. I don’t care. At the end of the day I box for money and for sex… That’s what boxing is to me. I get paid and everyone gets paid.
“Oh, you want me to fight this guy? Okay, how much, where and when? I am a very, very highly paid escort.”