Arum: Fury Reminds Me of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman

Tyson Fury turned up early and conducted the final press conference for his fight with Tom Schwarz as he continued to build on his growing popularity in the United States.

The heavyweight even briefly sang and, without a hint of attempting to provoke his opponent at what for boxing represented an unusually tension-free affair, complimented Germany’s Schwarz on his “good looks”.

Fury proved even more engaging than in the build-up to December’s dramatic draw with Deontay Wilder, since when he has signed a lucrative contract with promoters Top Rank to fight out of the US and made regular appearances on American television to discuss his struggles with suicide and mental health.

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Before his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 he attended a press conference dressed as Batman and similarly involved those present while insulting his opponent, but the 30-year-old has matured and resisted any urges he may have felt to do the same.

Fury, who has been criticised for making homophobic and sexist remarks in the past, also diplomatically attempted to stop influential Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, 87, from complimenting female fighter Mikaela Mayer on her appearance.

Arum himself has been at pains to make comparisons between Fury’s charisma and that of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, who he once promoted, and alongside Schwarz and co-promoter Frank Warren was summoned to the top-table early when Fury decided it was time to start.

It is only since the build-up to fighting Wilder that Fury’s personal struggles have been documented more widely in the US, and when asked to revisit them ahead of Saturday’s fight at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.

“The two guys Tyson reminds me of are Muhammad Ali and George Foreman,” explained Arum.

“They were people persons first. They’d talk directly to the people, over the head of the writers, right to the people. Tyson’s going to lead this sport into a new dimension, just the way Ali did in his time, and then later George.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CTC JOHNNY on 06-13-2019

Lol...... Fury is a horrible fighter

Comment by Lou Cipher on 06-13-2019

What he means is that just like Ali and Foreman, Fury is willing to throw his career away for a suitcase of short cash.

Comment by larryxxx.. on 06-13-2019

same record played over and over again

Comment by The D3vil on 06-13-2019

I actually kind of understand where Bob is coming from here. I actually think that Fury has the potential to have the type of longevity that George Foreman had. If you were to ask me who has the potential to…

Comment by tostao on 06-13-2019

What **** doctors put you on , Bob ?

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