Tyson Fury discussed a bunch of heavyweight boxing topics in a laid-back interview session.
Tyson Fury sat down with Michelle Joy Phelps for a long interview, discussing a plethora of topics, including the WBC and Dillian Whyte situation, Andy Ruiz Jr, Deontay Wilder, and more.
As always, Fury is candid and honest — at least his version of the details, anyway — and it’s worth a watch.
On the WBC ordering a Fury-Dillian Whyte eliminator
“I don’t really think too much of it. I’m the lineal heavyweight champion of the world — I fight who I want, when I want, how I want. I don’t need to fight eliminators to fight people. I already had a Deontay Wilder fight the other day without an eliminator. I definitely don’t need an eliminator.
“I think it’s very unfair the way that they’re treating Dillian Whyte. He’s had to fight some good men, some undefeated men, and work his way back up the ladder. And I’m starting to believe what he says, that they don’t want him to fight for the title, maybe, because they’ve ordered him to fight me and that’s a guaranteed loss. He’s fighting another good fella, Oscar Rivas, in his next fight. I don’t know what more he has to do. He’s No. 1 ranked. Give the guy a title shot, for God’s sake.”
“I don’t judge a book by covers, just because people are fat or whatever doesn’t mean he can’t fight, it’s heavyweight boxing. (Adam Kownacki) can fight, too, the other little fat fella. The fat fellas can fight, for some reason. All fat people can fight! If Eddie (Hearn) is trying to brainwash Andy that I said he’s a fat cunt, I really didn’t.”
On his relationship with Eddie Hearn
“Good banter. Eddie loves taking a bit of stick from me. He’s a fanboy. … Eddie Hearn is a tit, and he knows that, and I know that, and the rest of the world knows that. … Eddie Hearn’s got a mancrush on me, that’s all it is. When somebody fancies somebody, they do nasty things to them all the time and they talk shit about them. So whenever you see Eddie Hearn say all the bullshit about me and you get me responding back to him, it’s because he’s got a mancrush on me and he obviously fancies me, doesn’t he? Don’t you, Eddie? … I’m going to take him out for a drink next time I see him. I’m gonna take him out and get him a double gin and tonic with some fruit on the side. I’ll even give him a ringside ticket to me fight in Vegas, and you can even come, Eddie, and have a drink with me after the fight.”
On Hearn criticizing Fury-Schwarz
“It’s jealousy. Eddie Hearn can’t fight. Tom Schwarz would hit with Eddie with one jab and a left hook and put him out for a week. How can anybody be very critical of anybody else? Where is Andy Ruiz Jr rated in the rankings? He’s not (top 10). No chance. I think they may have put him in at No. 15 in one of the organizations. I know Tom Schwarz is No. 2 by the WBO, and I’m No. 4. … Ruiz is 15 IBF, five WBA. You can’t really talk about rankings or anything, it is what it is. Rankings don’t mean shit, anyway, to be fair. If he can fight, he can fight. If he can’t, you get found out anyway.”
On Kubrat Pulev being a future opponent
“Whoever fights will come. Pulev doesn’t really have anything that frightens me. He’s getting on a bit, he’s close to 40 years old. Bit of a jab on him. Nothing I couldn’t splatter. It is what it is with Pulev, really. … I know him because I’m a boxing mastermind, but the average person in the street wouldn’t have heard of (Pulev, Schwarz, or Ruiz).”
On his stardom
“I’m the biggest name in world boxing, barring none. Tyson Fury, aka The Gypsy King, worldwide known to be the master assassin and the king of sting.”
There’s much more in the interview, so give it a watch.