Tyson Fury: I keep depression at bay by training
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A blockbuster all-British fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte would not take place in the UK, according to promoter Bob Arum, who would prefer to strike a deal which would see both fighters cross the Atlantic for a heavyweight bout. The pair look set to meet in the ring if they win their respective fights this month, in a battle for the WBC belt.
Fury is currently gearing up for his trilogy showdown with Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night, after their first meeting ended in a draw and the second saw the American’s corner throw in the towel in the seventh round.
And Whyte will fight at the end of the month against Otto Wallin, the Swedish southpaw who caused Fury problems when they met two years ago – a fight the Gypsy King won by unanimous decision despite bleeding heavily from a cut above his eye.
The winner of that clash on October 30 is set to become the WBC’s mandatory challenger for the belt, meaning they will be due a date in the ring with either Fury or Wilder, depending on the outcome of that mammoth trilogy fight.
If it is the two Englishmen Fury and Whyte who are victorious, then having both boxers compete in front of a home crowd would be a logical choice when it comes to a venue for the bout.
But US promoter Arum wants to continue Fury’s streak of fights in Las Vegas, citing the benefits of hosting another world heavyweight title affair in the fight capital of the world.
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“Yeah, of course in Vegas,” he told iFL TV.
“The big fights belong here. Sometimes you do it in the UK, but the PPV in the US is robust.
“The gate – the travel ban will be lifted in November – 10,000 Brits would come over here for the fight.
“They wanna come to Vegas, and Vegas is made for those kind of tours, so it works better here than any place in the world.”
Despite not having competed on British shores in more than three years, Fury has recently expressed a desire to step into the ring in front of a home crowd.
“I think he’ll be back here which will be a great homecoming,” his UK promoter Frank Warren told the BBC.
“If Tyson wins the fight we’ll sit down. There’s a few options there. Usyk would be a massive fight here. The Joshua fight is still a massive fight.”
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But the 33-year-old Gypsy King has been based in the US for training for a long time now, and has spoken on numerous occasions of how much he enjoys it when thousands of British boxing fans make the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to take in a big fight.
Further fights Stateside would mean more fights that Fury’s father John would not be able to attend, as he is not allowed a visa to visit the country due to his criminal record.
The 57-year-old, also a former boxing professional, has expressed a desire to see his son fight in the flesh again, but accepts that continuing to take part in overseas bouts may be better for his career.
“If is the smallest word in the dictionary but it is also the biggest. If Tyson fights Dillian Whyte back in England next then yes I will be there but I will be nervous and jittery,” John Fury said.
“It will be all brand new again, it will be like being let out of prison all over again, like a child with a new toy.
“But Tyson is doing amazing things over in America and has proven he doesn’t really need his dad. I could be the jinx.”
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