Heavyweight star Fury turns back on boxing in Britain

By Dom Farrell 10 November 2019 4
Heavyweight star Fury turns back on boxing in Britain

Tyson Fury claims he will never box in the UK again.

The former unified world heavyweight champion is pencilled in to face WBC king Deontay Wilder next February in a rematch of their enthralling December 2018 draw, providing Wilder comes through his return against Cuban veteran Luis Ortiz later this month.

Fury was floored twice, dramatically climbing off the canvas following a heavy knockdown in the final round, although the 31-year-old outboxed Wilder for large parts of the contest at Los Angeles' Staples Center.

A promotional deal with US-based promoter Top Rank has seen Fury beat Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin this year, while last month he made his wrestling debut in the WWE's Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.

Fury has also teased a willingness to try mixed martial arts in the UFC and – irrespective of whether he graces the ring or the octagon next – he told The Sunday Times feeling unappreciated in his homeland means that chapter of the self-styled Gypsy King's career is over.

"They had their chance. They didn't treat me well," he said.

"Over here, I get [the United States] treated like a superstar."


Working some elbows and knees,

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Fury's autobiography "Behind the Mask" comes out next week, while UK television channel ITV will air a four-part documentary entitled "Meet the Furys".

Nevertheless, he insists he has no interest in fame and labels such endeavours as simply being "part of the job".

It's really not what I'm after. It's strictly business," he added.

"[I made "Meet the Furys"] so people can see the real Tyson Fury.

"I hate fame, When I got to a big city it's just a nightmare. Torture.

"Honestly, the only bit I enjoy is going to the gym. That's what makes me happy. Everything else is just what I've got to do."

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