By Paul Murphy-
Unbeaten former heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, looked very relaxed today as he told a press conference today how humbled he was humbled at welcoming reception he has been given in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand where he meets another undefeated German in Tom Schwarz. Fury, who last fought Deontey Wilder to a draw in December 2018 was in a vibrant mood as he oozed joy and happiness, talking about the feeling of seeing his picture on movie screens in sin city, known for its extravagant spending, busy casinos, and exotic night life.
After seeing his fellow British fighter, Anthony Joshua, smashed up by little known Andy Ruiz on June 1, Fury has not missed an opportunity to present himself as the true representative of British boxing. He has already openly written off Joshua’s career after the former unified world heavyweight champion was battered into submission by American Andy Ruiz Jnr of Mexican descent. Putting opponents is Fury’s speciality, he is always lurking in the corner waiting to criticise his opponents or potential rivals at any given opportunity.
Britain’s Anthony Joshua will be expected to avenge the disappointing defeat that spoilt the excitement many of his fans had over him, when he faces Ruiz again for their rematch at the end of the year. Joshua can till regain the world titles that were so viciously snatched from him., but it is yet to be seen.
Britain’s popular and formerly celebrated world heavyweight champion was dominated for his American debut in Newyork , dropped four times until the referee intervened to stop the fight in the seventh round, taking all the Londoner’s world title belts. Andy Ruiz Jnr is no question a bigger threat than Tom Schwatz, despite his unbeaten record of 25 fights, but Fury must know his opponent will want to take inspiration from Ruiz in throwing an upset of his own.
Fury is still taking nothing forgranted for a fight that could ruin his image , but appears to be just enjoying the attention in preparation for a show he plans for his new collection of fans.
“Here we are in Las Vegas, MGM Grand, all the big fights happen here, seeing your face up on all the movie screens around the Strip is incredible.
“The fight with Deontay Wilder helped with my profile in the US but now this is the biggest fight of my life.” The crowd have warmed to me,” he said. “American people are coming up to me in the street looking to talk and get pictures. The outgoing giant gypsy tough man then seized the opportunity of his audience to reflect on the mental health issues he overcame after being out for over two and a half years
Fury said: “I wanted to prove to people that there is a way back. I look to inspire people to better their lives. If I can do it then anyone can as I am just a normal bloke.
“Why am I in Las Vegas fighting? I want to help. I want to help people reach for something.