Fury: I hate boxing

Tyson Fury didn’t disappoint at the latest press conference for his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, removing his shirt and calling himself a ‘fat man’ while claiming he hated boxing.

The reigning WBA Super and WBO world heavyweight champion has been struggling with the mantle of champion since stripping Klitschko of his belts, having grown used to being the underdog.

On Wednesday, he openly admitted to lacking the professionalism of Klitschko, the respected veteran he will once again face on July 9.

“They [legacies] don’t mean a lot to me,” said Fury. “Boxing doesn’t even mean much to me otherwise, I wouldn’t go into camp four stone [heavy] every week having eaten every pie in Lancashire and drunk every pint in the UK.

“I hate every second of training. I hate boxing. I hate the lot. I hate speaking to you idiots. I’d rather be at home watching television with my kids and eating chocolate. I hate boxing but I’m just too good at it and I’m making too much money. Easy money to be made.

“People do these sports for different reasons. Wladimir is already a multi-millionnaire so it’s obviously something he loves to do. When you’re like that, you’re capable of anything.

“I don’t live a strict lifestyle. I don’t live an athlete’s lifestyle. You couldn’t call me an athlete.”

It was at that point that Fury stood up and removed his shirt, revealing his out-of-shape physique.

“Does that look like a fighter’s body? Clearly not. That’s who beat you [Wladimir]. Shame on you! A fat man beat him and relieved him of all his belts.

“I don’t take boxing seriously, as you can tell. It’s about getting a few quid and putting food on the table. What’s the point in practising your job for 40 years if you can’t beat a fat man? Want to see love-handles? Want to see a belly? But can I fight? Yes.

“I am really a joke aren’t I? When you think about it, it’s quite funny. Every single time, I’m the outlaw, the villain, the bad guy – every single media event. People obviously like to see that – the majority do.”