TYSON FURY won’t look back and think about his bulldozer ride through the heavyweight division until he’s a “fat bald b*****”.
Almost exactly seven years ago he traveled to Germany to dethrone the decades-long champion Wladimir Klitschko from his WBA, IBF and WBO titles in his adopted homeland.
In 2018, after a doping hiatus during which he battled mental health issues, obesity and drug addiction, he flew to America with minimal preparation and cruelly received a Deontay Wilder tie instead of the WBC crown he deserved.
He has since obliterated the Bronze Bomber twice to snatch the green and gold belt and KO’d Dillian Whyte in front of a record 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
It’s all business as usual for the 34-year-old Gypsy King at the moment, but long after defending Derek Chisora tonight he may recall the time he wreaked havoc in and out of the ring.
Fury said: “I’m not thinking, zero reflection. When you’re in the driver’s seat, you don’t look who’s behind you, you just keep driving, full steam ahead at a hectic pace.
“The time for reflection will come when it’s all over, and then in 20 years I’ll be like, ‘Wow, I was a champion, now look at me, I’m a fat bald b*****’.
“I’ve taken this career seriously since I was 29. Before that it was a joke. It was just a play thing, it was something I was just good at, something I didn’t train for.
“I would just show up at 25 Stone, lose five Stone and beat Klitschko.
“When I boxed Wladimir seven years ago, I came into camp with just under 25 stones and in eight weeks came down to 18 stones. I dont lie.
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“Me and my brother Shane were out drinking vodka and driving a four wheel drive across a field eight weeks before this fight.
“Then I lost weight and gave him a boxing lesson. It’s something I’ve always been able to do.
“Now as a man, a very experienced man at 34, I have to be smarter. I’m not the same Tyson Fury.”
Fury remains a contradiction, having released his third autobiography this year alone, singing on another record and starring in a Netflix reality TV show about his family.
But he laments the fact that his incredible boxing success and showmanship have cost him his privacy.
It now takes two hands to count his retirement announcements – the latest following his April Whyte win – and he has vowed to have three serious fights as well as 12 glorified spars around the world in 2023 against “Bums of the Month”.
Even his father and former fighter, John, has noted that his boy seems addicted to fame and notoriety.
Tyson said: “Being a warrior is very difficult. It’s unlike any other life. Being a businessman or anything else is very different from being a frontline fighter.
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“My father made a good point when he said I became like Frankenstein’s monster because I can only really come alive with the electricity of a major event.
“If I don’t do that, I’m like a zombie, a walking dead, and it’s very difficult to move.
“I made a Netflix documentary, wrote my third book and released a single. I was very busy but when I retired I realized it was over and for a week I was very down, suicidal. I knew I had to come back.
“As long as I focus on being a fighter and a champion, I’ll be fine.”
A third win over Chisora, 38, this weekend ahead of WBA, IBF and WBO ringside champion Oleksandr Usyk, flown in from Ukraine, will spark an undisputed showdown between the two in the spring.
Usyk, 35, was the London 2012 Olympic heavyweight champion and undisputed cruiserweight king before twice stunning Anthony Joshua.
But Fury dismisses all his achievements and insists he is boxing’s supreme ruler, with more belts and box office events than Usyk has underwear.
The Gypsy King added: “Every heavyweight wants what I’ve got and he’s the same way. He had 20 fights, I had a lot more.
“I’ve got more KOs than him, I’ve won more belts than he has pants in his closet.
“I’ve been to more major events than he has pairs of socks.
“The emperor doesn’t care about peasants. You must come to my table, to my feast.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6828929/tyson-fury-frankensteins-monster-derek-chisora/ My dad says I’m like Frankenstein’s monster… I come alive in the big fights, says Tyson Fury ahead of Chisora clash