Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is determined to “be myself” and avoid playing “a character” should he return to the ring.
The British boxer has been out of action for two years, with a failed drugs test in June 2016 blocking his comeback to professional boxing.
Fury, who has become well known for outspoken statements on a variety of topics, is determined to clear his name.
“Of all the things I’ve been called — a bigot, a sexist, a homophobe — I may have been those but the one thing I’m not is a drugs cheat,” the 29-year-old told IFL TV.
Fury has always insisted his positive test was due to eating uncastrated wild boar.
The British Boxing Board of Control has said the former champion, who won the IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, has said there is no question of Fury being granted a licence to box until the issue is resolved.
Fury, who has said he had used recreational drugs to combat depression in 2016, turned up at a press conference dressed as Batman ahead of his win against Klitschko.
But he was adamant such stunts were now a thing of the past, saying: “This time I want to be myself, I don’t want to play a character anymore.
“I want the public to see me, the people’s champion, the happy-go-lucky Tyson Fury. Not the confident, brash character to sell tickets. If promoters can’t do their job, I’m not going to help them. I’m not going to be a performing actor.”
Fury added: “I feel I have a story to tell, a massive one. The stuff I’ve been through, depression, mental health problems. It can help and inspire others. From rags to riches to rags again.
“From 18 stone to 27. From a clean living man to drugs and alcohol and back to the heavyweight world champion again. I hope the legacy and story I leave behind will help others in the future of what to do and not to do.”
Fury, undefeated in 25 bouts, has recently thrown out challenges to several boxers including Britain’s current world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.
The world heavyweight champion took to Instagram to post footage of him boxing in a ring constructed at the top of the third tallest hotel in the world, 689 feet above ground.
The most recognisable helipad is a huge media attraction and has played host to a select few sports personalities in the past.
Tiger Woods teed off from the platform back in 2004 while Andre Agassi and Roger Federer played tennis on it the following year. Rory McIlroy performed a bunker shot at the same spot in 2011 and David Coulthard pulled off a few donuts in a Formula One car in 2013.
Joshua took part in a training session at the top of the iconic building in support of the Dubai Fitness Challenge 30X30.
Zolani Tete took just 11 seconds to record the fastest knockout in world championship fight history in Belfast on Saturday night.
The South African etched his name into the record books when he flattened countryman Siboniso Gonya with his first punch to retain his World Boxing Organisation bantamweight crown.
Tete floored his opponent with a devastating right hook after just five seconds and the referee stopped the contest officially just six seconds later when it became clear Gonya was out cold.
It is the fastest knockout in a world championship bout, eclipsing the record held by WBO super-bantamweight champion Daniel Jimenez who stopped Harald Geier in 17 seconds in 1994.
“I’ve been preparing so hard for this fight,” Tete told the BoxNation television channel. “I knew Gonya wasn’t going to last.
“My trainers are the ones doing the job behind the scenes, I would like to thank them.”
Promoter Frank Warren added: “He was gone before he hit the canvas. Tete is something special.”
After his astonishing quick-fire win, Tete has set his sights on facing Northern Ireland’s Ryan Burnett.
Burnett is a unified bantamweight world champion, having held the IBF title since June 2017 and the WBA title since October 2017.
“I would love to fight Ryan Burnett. I believe he stays here, this is his hometown, so we should see who is king of the bantamweights,” Tete said.
On the same card, local hero Jamie Conlan failed in his attempt to win a world title when the Northern Irishman was stopped in the sixth round by Filipino International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas in a one-sided contest.