Fury Stepped Up When Canelo “Couldn’t”
Tyson Fury is fighting Otto Wallin and fighting for a Mexican fanbase on September 14th inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Walking into the Boxing capital of the world on Tuesday, adorned in a Lucha Libre mask and a Mexican flag, Fury talked about being accepted by the passionate Mexican boxing community.
“Isn’t it a great thing that a total outsider from this country is showing so much love, passion and respect for the Mexican people,” said the Manchester-born Traveller.
“At the minute they are being oppressed by the people here – building a wall, chucking ‘em all out and treating them terrible,” Fury said of America’s current debate on Mexican and Central American immigration.
“I don’t know what is going on but it is nice to see a total stranger, heavyweight champion of the world, coming here and respecting people and paying homage to their beliefs and special days.”
“I know what it is like to be on the outside. I’ve grown up around it, I’ve been brought up around it,” Fury said of his experience as a traveler, who is considered on the fringes of British society.
“I’ve got the Mexican shorts, the Mexican gloves, the Mexican mask, the Mexican music, the Mexican flag. I don’t know how much more respect I can show,” said Fury, who earned criticism from Unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz, who told Fury to “stay in his lane.”
“The funny fact of it was Canelo was supposed to box on this weekend here in Vegas but for whatever reason, he decided not to but I stepped up for the Mexican people,” Fury said of Alvarez, who is near a deal to fight Sergey Kovalev on November 2nd.
“I brought the fight forward four weeks in order to do this. Good job I stayed fit. I am in shape and always ready. It was supposed to be in New York in October but I decided to bring it forward and box on a special date.”
Report: The Daily Star