FAME, fortune, getting an Anthony Joshua fight, not getting an Anthony Joshua fight, Tyson Fury is relaxed whatever comes his way.
He is happy where he is, proclaiming himself as the lineal heavyweight champion of the world and fighting next on June 15, against little known German Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. His bout will be screened by broadcast giant ESPN in American and on a BT Sport pay-per-view in the UK.
Fury will go his own way and it’s not clear yet if that will ultimately lead him to a showdown with British rival Joshua, the unified WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion. “Do you know what? They won’t fight me, so I’m not going to keep talking about him because it’s pointless. I’ve offered the fight umpteen times – it doesn’t seem to be happening, so whenever they’re ready they know where to find me,” Fury said.
If that had to be a joint broadcast, given that Joshua is boxing on DAZN in the USA and Sky Sports Box Office in Britain, Fury would welcome it. “We’ve been talking about is a broadcast that happens on both stations, DAZN and ESPN. Why not? Let’s get it on. Step up to the plate. Let’s fight,” he said.
Nor does Fury seem particularly inclined to welcome the trappings of fame. “It’s something that I’m not too much interested in,” he insisted. “It doesn’t really tick all the boxes that I’m interested in… I’m interested in staying healthy and well and out of trouble. I’m not much interested in fame, that’s not what I’m really interested in at all.
“I don’t go to any media premieres, I don’t go to these celebrity dos, I don’t have any celebrity pals, it’s just me, a family man and the same man that I always am,” he added. “I live in Lancashire for God’s sake, if I was interested in being famous I’d live in London not Lancashire.”
Heavyweight Tyson Fury takes on Tom Schwarz, live on BT Sport Box Office, Saturday June 15. For more information go to www.bt.com/btsportboxoffice