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Tyson Fury: I Had To Come To America To Be Appreciated

Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) is finally in the world’s fight capital on Saturday night. Sin City has a mythic allure for many Brits in general, and for nearly all boxers - including Fury, who once told himself that he wouldn’t visit Vegas unless he was fighting there.

“Fighting in Las Vegas is an honour for a boxer, and I feel I’m ready to wear the part,” Fury said. “It suits me down to the ground.”

The Manchester native finally gets his Vegas debut against Germany’s unbeaten Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden.

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The 6-foot-9 Fury has already captured the attention of American fight fans with his performances stateside, none bigger than his theatrical rise from the canvas in the 12th round to earn a thoroughly entertaining draw with Deontay Wilder at Staples Center in his last bout six months ago.

Not many observers expect Fury to need similar recuperative powers against Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs), who has never fought anyone close to Fury’s stature. But Fury still intends to put on a show.

“It’s very different, but it’s what I was born to do,” Fury said. “I was born for U.S. fighting. The British are very reserved. For a confident, brash talker like myself, you have to come to America to be appreciated. I always wanted to be here as a boxer. Now that I’m signed with a big U.S. TV station, it’s my time to put on great shows.”

In the wake of Anthony Joshua’s stunning loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. two weeks ago, Fury says he is appropriately wary of the 6-foot-5 Schwarz, who hits hard enough to change any fight with the right shot. But Fury accepted this bout to stay sharp while he waits for a chance at the world’s other two elite heavyweights - actually, make that three after Ruiz’s shocker.

While Fury has a history of offensive public statements, he has behaved much better with his substance abuse problems apparently behind him following a 2 -year spiral in the wake of his shocking victory over Wladimir Klitschko. He also takes pride in lessening the stigma around public discussion of mental health issues, including depression.

“People don’t talk to me about boxing anymore,” Fury said. “It’s not what I talk about with people. They talk to me constantly about mental health, because people are suffering. They feel it’s OK to approach me and speak to me about it. I get millions of messages from all over the world, people constantly talking about my problem. I’ve become an ambassador for mental health in sports.

"I can only try and be myself,” Fury said. “I’m not trying to sell you a product. I’m just being me. If people like me, they’ll watch. If they don’t, then they’ll kick me out of the country.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D4thincarnation on 06-16-2019

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19835173]Yes, he beat Jacks Reiss' ten count but not a ten second count. It's difference. I believe that Reiss was about a split second too slow in his count.[/QUOTE] Your belief is irrelevant. Do you have any evidence that Fury…

Comment by champion4ever on 06-16-2019

[QUOTE=D4thincarnation;19833156]Did Fury beat the count. A simple yes or no.[/QUOTE]Yes, he beat Jacks Reiss' ten count but not a ten second count. It's difference. I believe that Reiss was about a split second too slow in his count.

Comment by D4thincarnation on 06-15-2019

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19832860]Chances are he was probably doping. He didn't start the VADA testing protocol until well into his training camp; Six or seven weeks to be exact and yet Wilder still nearly put him away and would have put him away…

Comment by Dolor on 06-15-2019

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19832860]Chances are he was probably doping. He didn't start the VADA testing protocol until well into his training camp; Six or seven weeks to be exact and yet Wilder still nearly put him away and [B]would have put him away…

Comment by champion4ever on 06-15-2019

[QUOTE=D4thincarnation;19832401]Wilder can thank his lucky stars that the judges gifted him a draw when he got his ass beat and schooled 10 rounds to 2.[/QUOTE]Chances are he was probably doping. He didn't start the VADA testing protocol until well into…

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