Fury: “Wilder Wants What I Have”
Tyson Fury is walking to the ring on December 1st as the challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship, but Fury insists Wilder wants what he has, the title of lineal heavyweight champion.
“He does seem to be an angry man,” he told Fighting Spirits with Gareth A. Davies about Wilder, who puts his title and undefeated record on the line inside Staples Center.
“To everybody’s eyes, Tyson Fury’s the lineal champion. Deontay Wilder is the belt holder. He wants what I have and that’s to be considered as the best.”
Fury would take the claim of lineal world champion and the IBF, WBO, IBO, and Ring Magazine titles in 2015, with his upset victory over Wladimir Klitschko. Following that win, Fury would seep into a deep depression, which coupled with drug and alcohol abuse, would cost him his championship belts and his passion for the sport.
After getting clean and working out deals with the British Boxing Board of Control and UK Anti-Doping, Fury has returned to the ring and feels that his story connects with American boxing fans.
“I think Americans, they love the comeback story as good as anybody,” he said. “And I think my story has captured the imagination of the public because it’s almost like a fairytale story.
“I’ve gone from rags to riches, back to rags again, suffered with depression, contemplated suicide, lost everything I’ve ever had and worked hard for, to then turn my life back around again and get back to the pinnacle of the sport within a year.
“It’s a compelling story, wouldn’t you agree?”
Initial Report: Daily Star