Tyson Fury intends to remain healthy and stay out of trouble as he plots his way back to the top of the heavyweight division.
The 31-year-old Mancunian relinquished the belts he won against Wladimir Klitschko after much-publicised mental health problems and a ban for a failed drugs test.
Fury has one eye on a February rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder after their meeting last December finished in a controversial draw but for now he has to focus on Saturday’s Las Vegas bout against relative unknown Otto Wallin.
And Fury, who has had previous weight problems and once ballooned to 28 stone, insists he is now in peak condition.
Fury’s new fitness regime meant he was able to bring forward a fight date by a month in order to top the bill at the T-Mobile Arena on Mexican Independence weekend.
Fury has embraced the Mexican theme since securing this date, this week rebranding himself ‘El rey de los gitanos’ (king of the gypsies) and appearing at his public workout in a lucha libre wrestling mask and wearing a headband in the country’s colours.
Wallin has a 20-fight unbeaten record, including 13 knockouts, but has never fought at this level.
But the Swede, whose father died of a heart attack in May, is relishing the prospect of fighting the former heavyweight champion.
Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury insists he is not thinking about his potential rematch with Deontay Wilder as he gears up for his next fight in Las Vegas.
The 31-year-old meets the relatively unknown Otto Wallin in a non-title bout on Saturday but with Fury already having claimed a deal has been agreed for a Wilder rematch most people are looking well beyond this weekend.
Fury, however, is concentrating on getting this one out of the way rather than speculating about another meeting with the WBC world champion after their controversial draw last December.
“I am not interested in Deontay Wilder or any of the rest of the heavyweight division. I am interested in Otto Wallin on Saturday night,” said Fury, who turned up for his public workout on the casino floor of the MGM Grand dressed in a Mexican wrestler’s mask and plans a Mexican-themed ring walk as the country celebrates its independence day anniversary this weekend.
“I have no interest in February at all. It is all about Saturday night, it is all about the Gypsy King.
“It is not about February, or Christmas or New Year or any other day – it is all about Saturday night in Las Vegas.
“I have no interest in future fights: one day day a time in my life, one fight at at time, one hour at a time.”
While the world is awaiting the Wilder rematch after its unsatisfying finish last year, Fury, not lacking in self-confidence, is adamant he can take on all-comers in the division.
“I can defeat them all with one hand,” he said.
“I have lightning reflexes for a giant. I am a giant of a heavyweight, there has never been a heavyweight like me and there has never been a heavyweight who can move like that.
“I’m a freak of nature, I defy every law of gravity, it shouldn’t be possible for a man of my height and weight to move like that.
“I can beat them all.”
Wallin arrives in Las Vegas with an unbeaten record in 20 fights, which includes 13 knockouts, but the 28-year-old has not fought at anywhere near the highest level so remains something of an unknown stepping up into Fury’s realm.
Fury claims he himself knows nothing about the Swede.
“I have no idea, we will find out on Saturday night. I don’t really care, it is not about what your opponent can do, it is about what the Gypsy King can do,” he said.
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Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua spoke to the media Thursday in New York, in advance of their December 7 rematch in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Ruiz shocked the boxing world in June when he beat Joshua in a seventh round TKO at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Ruiz’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts will be on the line in the rematch.
This was the only loss for the 6-foot-6 Joshua, who has 22 wins, with 21 by knockout.
Ruiz comes into the rematch 32-1, with 21 of his ring victories by KO.