- Tyson Fury speaks out in an explosive interview about his life and boxing with Sportsmail
- The 25-year-old says he owes everything to boxing, despite not liking the sport
- Fury faces Alexander Ustinov in Manchester on Saturday after Dereck Chisora pulled out of a fight with him
- The 6ft 9in Fury has yet to taste defeat in 22 professional fights as a boxer
Tyson Fury is loading his washing machine and contemplating life without boxing.
?I owe everything to boxing. I don?t know what I?d do without it,? he says. ?I?ve got no education, I can hardly read, I can hardly write, my grammar?s terrible,I can?t spell.? My skills are talking, blagging, fighting and hustling. So if you fancy a game of pool come see me baby!?
Fury roars with laughter. ?I?d be dead or in jail because my attitude is get rich or die trying – like 50 cent. The world wouldn?t be a safe place if I wasn?t boxing. Do you know how much abuse I get on Twitter? If I didn?t have a boxing license people would be getting hit every minute because I wouldn?t be taking any s***.
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Mean machine: Fury has proved to be a fiery character in and out of the ring during his five-year professional career so far
Power: Fury is looking to get the better of Alexander Ustinov tomorrow in Manchester as he seeks to keep his unbeaten record in check
Head-to-head: Sportsmail’s Rajvir Rai was invited to take part in a training session with the complex, yet powerful character that is Tyson Fury
Having been born into a family of Irish travelers, with a father ? ?Gypsy? John Fury ? who was a former professional heavyweight, Fury was always destined to be a boxer.
But his relationship with the sport he has known all his life is ? like the man himself ? complicated.
?Boxing is like a drug – it?s worse than heroin because at least smack-heads can be cured. Boxers never get cured. It gets you from a young age and doesn?t let you go. Look at Peter,? he says, pointing at his uncle and trainer who sits listening at the dining room table.
?He started as a kid and is 46 and still going. It?s brutal. I wake up sometimes and think: ?Oh, f****** hell what am I doing? This is a s*** life. But I can?t remember life without boxing.
?I became a fighter ? not because I loved it ? but because I had too as there was no other way of me becoming successful. I could?ve done what I needed to do to survive one day to the next but I wasn?t going to settle for that – I wanted to be something different and I?m still trying to be something different.
Fury is different. But it is his complex personality, rather than the 6ft 9in hulking frame, that really sets him apart.
The Fury who invited Sportsmail to train and live with him for a day at his new headquarters in Bolton as he prepared to fight Saturday?s original opponent Dereck Chisora ? who pulled out through injury on Monday and has been replaced by Alexander Ustinov – is a far cry from the man who once threatened to kill Chisora and mockingly branded Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye homosexuals.
Lift off: Fury shows off his weight lifting skills at a training session in Bolton this week
Endeavour: Rai tries his hand at squatting too during his personal training session with Fury
A far cry from the man who at a press conference last week launched a foul-mouthed tirade at Chisora and when asked to tone down his language, because women and children were present, only ramped it up. The Fury Sportsmail meets is polite, measured and welcoming.
As an exhausted Sportsmail and Team Fury – Tyson, uncle Peter, training partners Eddie Chambers and Gian Carlo Liesdek – prepare for a second workout of the day, two new faces appear in the gym.
Joe Holmen and girlfriend Sarah Kluetz have come from Norway to watch Fury train. They stay for the grueling hour-long cardio session and leave with a signed glove and plenty of memories. ?It?s a dream come true; I?ll always treasure this,? says Sarah, who explains the pair had been talking to Team Fury through social media and asked to visit. ?He?s different to other boxers, down to earth,? adds Joe.
For Fury, such moments are special. ?To know I?m having an effect on people?s lives all over the world makes it all worthwhile.?
That may be true, but what really drives Fury is glory, legacy ? a need to be remembered. His desire to seal a place in history also partly explains why he is happy to encourage the impression that he is a crude, volatile ogre.
?History only remembers kings, not soldiers.? There are plenty of people who have died in battle and nobody remembers their names. I?d like to be remembered but just being a world champion ain?t going to cut it because how many world champions have there been? There?s hundreds of world titles – the WBU, the IBU, the WBF, the IBC, the ABC ? but they don?t mean anything.
Look-out: Fury, alongside his brother, are kept busy by something on his phone
?Mike Tyson is remembered for being the baddest man on the planet, not for being the youngest heavyweight champion of the world. It?s bad things that get remembered ? so I?m hoping to do a few bad things before I finish.?
Fury roars with laughter again.
Some of his actions ? whether attention seeking or not ? have not been funny, but Fury is unrepentant – ?I couldnt give a flying f*** what no-one thinks and if anybody thinks I overstepped the mark they can suck my balls? – though he did later apologise for swearing in front of children on Twitter.?
Fury?s wife Paris is pregnant with their third child but Monday to Friday, when he lives with Peter and Chambers on the top floor of the pub they?ve converted into their new base, his focus is boxing.
Keep up: Fury uses all his strength to claw himself up during a training session
Keep up: Fury looks on as he does press-ups during the training session
Commitment: Fury has made sure his training has gone all to plan as he seeks to keep his unbeaten record intact
?I love my wife and kids to death and I do miss them but my job is to provide for them so it?s not hard to leave them,? he says. ?If you had a two and four-year-old and a wife nagging you because her hormones are insane you?d know what I?m talking about.?
Fury roars again.
His dedication is paying off.? Three training sessions a day, five times a week and a strict diet saw him hit his fight weight ? 18stone 7lbs ? six weeks ago ? no small feat considering he weighed in a career heavy 19stone 8lbs for his last fight in February.
There?s also the fact that Fury?s base is opposite a pastry shop, pizza and kebab house and a bakery. A door down is a pub and a fish and chip takeaway.
?There?s no temptation because whether people believe it or not I?m a true athlete and I know what I have to do and how to do it. I?m 100 per cent focused.?
It?s a view uncle Peter shares. The pair have worked together for Fury?s last five fights and Peter believes his nephew has come a long way.? ?When he first came to me he was totally raw, a kid with talent but nothing else,? he says.
?He had no footwork, the jab was terrible, you could hit him with the kitchen sink. But he was still beating British champions so you could see what he was capable of. Now he?s very disciplined and is becoming a very polished fighter.?
Hungry man: Fury tucks into a deserved sandwich after a hard day’s training at the gym
Calm yet powerful: Fury opens up to Sportsmail about his life and how much he owes to boxing
It?s easy to forget Fury is 25 and only five years into a professional career.
He?s also a man carrying a lot of expectation ?All my family believed from one amateur fight that I?d be heavyweight champion. We?ve had world champion bare-knuckle fighters but I?d be the first person to win a world title in professional boxing. It?d be a special moment in our legacy.
?If you said to my brother, who ain?t got a lot, would you rather be broke and in jail or Tyson to lose his next fight? He?d say: ?put me in jail?.?
The first hurdle in Fury?s path to a world title is now ? after Chisora?s late withdrawal ? 6ft 8in Ustinov, who has won 21 of his 30 fights by knockout and lost just once.
Chisora?s withdrawal means Fury has now seen three domestic fights cancelled due to injury after Haye also twice pulled out through injury. Fury, however, is just focused on overcoming his new 37-year-old Belarusian opponent.
?I?m not frustrated about Dereck; I?m just not interested in talking about something that ain?t happening. I?m thinking about the future. I don?t know anything about Ustinov except for he?s top 10-ranked fighter and is a big lump.
?I?ve not had time to prepare so it will be a challenge, but I need rounds. It?s no good me fighting someone and knocking them out in two seconds. But he?s a man with gloves on, just like me, just like Chisora, and if I?m any good I will win, if not I will lose ? simple.?
Preparation: Fury has taken all the necessary steps to make sure he is ready for this fight
Should Fury win, he admits he would like to take on undefeated American Deontay Wilder and uncle Peter is adamant that fight would only end one way.
?My lad Hughie is 19 and in his 13th fight fought the same guy (Matt Greer) Wilder fought in his 27th and battered him in two rounds. I?d put Hughie in with all the guys Wilder?s faced. When he faces someone who is world class that big right hand won?t work because these guys will slip it and he will come undone.?
So who can stop Fury then? Fury insists plenty of fighters could give him a ?credible challenge? but again it is Peter who comes out swinging.
Wladimir Klitschko? ?He?s avoiding Tyson because he?s a threat. Emmanuel Steward (Klitschko?s legendary trainer until he passed in 2012) said Tyson can take over from Wladimir. So what do you think Wladimir is going to do? Is he stupid? No. So Tyson?s off the radar.?
Haye, who has recently come out of retirement? ?David Haye needs to work his way back up because he?s ridiculed himself. Tyson would like to fight him but the only way it will happen is if they transfer all the money over before the fight. Do you think we?re going to go through another three-month training camp without any guarantee??
And what of Chisora, who Fury may still fight later this year?? ?He comes forward bobbing and weaving in that Joe Fraiser style but gets hit with too many shots, is nowhere near as tough as Fraiser and when he?s stepped up to world level he?s been beaten hands down.?
So what can Fury achieve? ?Anything could happen but there?s only one reason Tyson will fail and that?s himself. Every fight he goes in to is his to lose.?
It remains to be seen whether Fury ? a complicated man who hates boxing but knows nothing else, who doesn?t care what people think but wants to be remembered in history, who says world titles are worthless but knows what they mean to his family – can control himself and deliver.
One thing?s for sure, though, there will be lots of laughter and plenty of drama on the way.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TYSON FURY
Trains Monday-Friday, three times a day.
7am ? wake up
730 ? breakfast of six eggs and five pieces of toast
8am ? weights session
10am ? protein shake which provides 40g of protein and carbs
12 ? lunch of a good size jacket potato with tune and low calorie mayonnaise
2.30pm ? protein shake
3 ? cardio session, which varies day-to-day from spinning and stair climbing, high intensity sprints, rowing and trx work, circuits with weights.
4.30 ? protein shake
6 ? dinner of chicken and rice or red meat and rice
730 ? sparring session
9 ? protein shake
11 ? sandwich of mackerel fish on whole meal bread and handful of nuts
*will also take 50-60 vitamins to ensure body is firing
** Friday no sparring but and weights sessions consists of heavy leg work, including squats 4-6 sets of 110kg squats and leg presses of 400kg on their 800kg custom made leg press.
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