Tyson Fury: ‘If I lose to Deontay Wilder, I’ve lost everything I’ve worked for’

Tyson Fury
'It would be a crying sin,' says Tyson Fury not to fight Anthony Joshua. The former champion says he could have sold 75,000 tickets at Old Trafford, comments on Freddie Roach's role and more. John Dennen reports

THE pressure may not be getting to Tyson Fury ahead of his WBC heavyweight title fight with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles. But Fury is aware of what’s at stake.

“If I lose on December 1 I’ve lost that zero, I’ve lost everything I’ve worked for,” Fury said. “I’m hoping it’s going to be the toughest fight of my life. That’s what I’ve been training for and if it’s anything less it’ll be easy for me.”

He knows that Wilder has serious punch power, but insists, “I have got the ability to see danger before it happens which is a very big blessing.”

“At some point we’re going to have to stand and trade,” he continued. “I’m very confident I can withstand his power and knock him out in return.”

Fury has moved his camp from Big Bear in California to the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles and has revealed that for the fight he will invite famed trainer Freddie Roach into his corner, alongside the as yet untested Ben Davison. “It’s very good to have Freddie’s experience around,” Tyson said. “Whatever Freddie wants to do he can do. Freddie’s his own man.

“It’s always good to have experience in the corner. It’s always good to have a wise head in the corner and it’s going to be to my advantage.”

Victory would open up an array possibilities, notably the option of a unification clash with WBO, WBA and IBF world champion Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight crown. “People will always have an opinion on who’s better and who isn’t,” Fury said. “The most important thing is that we all fight each other.

Tyson Fury

“It would be a crying sin to not fight each other and all get in the mix. It’s going to be an exciting time.”

Although he notes that of his fight with Wilder that “we could have had this at Old Trafford and it could have sold 75,000 tickets,” he remains satisfied at being in America. “The location’s fantastic, to be in America, to be boxing on US pay per view,” Fury said. “I’m sure it’s going to go down in American boxing history.

“It doesn’t really matter where the fight’s going to be,” he continues. “The outcome’s going to be the same, a fight is a fight.”

But he adds, “I feel like I’ve got the support of the world behind me at the minute… I’m becoming a proper road warrior now.”

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