Gives thoughts on his animal spirit, what weapons he would have chosen in gladiatorial Rome, and reveals 365 pints in 365 pubs in 2022 is a possible project. But just one pint in each, one day at a time…
The Gypsy King lets rip on a raft of subjects once again with Gareth A Davies
Tyson Fury on AJ being a T-Rex on land & a dolphin in water -plus his weapon as a gladiator in Rome
Tyson Fury with Gareth A Davies:
On the AJ fight:
“Listen I don’t get involved in the promoting. I let the promoters do it, that’s what they get paid for. I get paid to fight, so that’s what I do. Promoters get paid to promote, that’s what they do. I don’t get involved. It’s all he said, she said at the moment. So until something’s signed and we’ve got a date and venue, I’m still in the same position as I was last year.”
AJ and the fight on your mind ?
“No, I’ve got nothing in my mind. While I’m in that gym training I’ve got an empty mind. I’m focusing on working out, sweating and making that mind well by keeping it clean and healthy. I’m 19.5st my fighting weight.”
What animal would you be ?
“Oh. Now the obvious answer, a lot of fighters would say they’d be a lion. King of the jungle, baby! But considering I’m not your average athlete who thinks like that, I’d be a dolphin. Reason being, they get left alone, they swim for miles and miles – exercise daily – and they’re a mammal and breath fresh air. So yeah, great. If I wasn’t a dolphin I’d be an elephant for the same reasons.”
What would be your weapon of choice as a gladiator in Rome ?
“Good question. Now considering I’m a movie buff who loves those movies, I would take a long sword and I would also take a crossbow. If you’re not allowed a crossbow, I’d take a shield and a sword. Use the shield to defend and stab him with a big long sword. But if I was in the mood that I was when I fought Deontay Wilder I’d have two short knives and be nice and quick and stick them in deep.”
What would you have been if not a boxer ?
“I would have been successful at anything I did. You know why? Because I’ve got the mindset of I have to do it. Being successful is all about having the right mindset. So whatever I would have chose, I would have been the best at. Whether it was painting, decorating, being a joiner, a plumber – anything – I would have had to be the best at what I did. No matter what I chose to do as a living, I’d be the best at it.”
Shouldn’t you have a butler now ?
“Not posh enough for that. Maybe if I had a massive house with 15 bedrooms and it was 20,000 square feet with swimming pools. But considering I live in the same house I always have done, since 2014, I don’t think I need one.
Views on Ryan Garcia
“I thought it was a good test for him. Luke’s a very accomplished guy and he’s only lost to world champions. It was a good learning fight for Garcia. Luke Campbell did very well. But in the end Garcia showed his true value and a true champion can get up off the floor and win fights. We’ve seen it with Muhammad Ali, Tyson fury and Ryan Garcia now. Until a champion gets knocked down and get back up to win a fight, it’s always a question if he can or can’t. I hear he’s fighting Manny Pacquiao next, so fantastic stuff. It’ll be good for his career.
Billy Joe Saunders v Canelo
“Billy Joe Saunders can beat any middle, super middle in the world, not a problem. Just like Billy Joe, no one has a chance with him when he’s active just like no heavyweight’s got a chance with me when I’m active. Me and Billy Joe Saunders, we are not journeymen. We are not in boxing for a pay day. We’re not in boxing to make some numbers up and get a few extra million quid in our bank. Not interested. We would rather have zero money and win than take fights we’re not ready for. He needs to be active and he will punch Canelo Alvarez all round the ring. Canelo Alvarez’s Kryptonite is someone who boxes and moves, southpaw. Slick, good feet, good hand speed, good power. Billy Joe Saunders does all of that but he needs to be active.
AJ and inactivity
“I was trying my best to make a fight happen in December. But the promoters couldn’t come up with it, for whatever reason, they let me down with that one. It’s going to be him active, five or six months out of the ring and me inactive, 18 months outside the ring. It’s another one up the old Gypsy King’s aisle. Take that one and put it in your pipe and smoke it. But do you know what it is? I’m that far in front of them all it doesn’t matter. I’m that far ahead, leagues ahead in boxing ability, heart, grit, determination, punch power, balls – doesn’t matter how much a head start I give them, I’ll always catch them down the straight.
Getting inside his head
“Yeah, just like I did with Wilder. They said he’s going to box and move, he ain’t going to put it on ya. What did I do? Straight at it, bombs all the way through until he got stopped.
Danger in taking it to AJ
“No. Because like I said, I’ve got a bigger heart. Tougher. Mentally stronger. Physically stronger. Bigger man completely. Punch harder. Everything is in my favour. When I take it to them, they can’t handle it. It’s like wrestling with a T-Rex. They can’t win.”
“I’m indestructible, unbeatable. Can’t be beat. If I’m injury free and active, there’s no losing. Can’t lose.”