Fury Offered Fight To Former Title Challengers
If people are wondering why Tyson Fury is fighting Swedish unknown Otto Wallin on September 14th, the former unified world heavyweight champion claims he was the only one to step up.
“We offered to fight to Kubrat Pulev, Alexander Povetkin, Charles Martin, Trevor Bryan, Jarrell Miller… the list goes on and on,” Fury said while at Saturday’s Top Rank card from Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. “All these guys were either unable to fight or not willing.
“We got to Otto Wallin, who said “I’ll take the fight.” It’s really that simple.”
For Fury, his focus is to maintain activity and fight as often as possible, telling reporters that it is what helps him deal with the issues that drove him from the sport in 2015.
“It keeps me mentally focused,” admits Fury who had debilitating issues with alcohol, drugs, and mental illness. “One thing I know is, once I have something in the pipeline, it keeps me focused. That’s what I told Bob Arum, keep me busy. He’s done a fantastic job.”
“I’m not surprised because I’ll kick all of their asses,” Fury said of the fighters who he claims denied offers. “One all the way back to Bulgaria (Pulev), the other to Russia (Povetkin)—every day of the week, twice on Sunday.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene