Fury: Success won’t change me

Tyson Fury says he won't tone down his controversial persona after becoming the new heavyweight champion of the world.

The 27-year-old from Manchester (25-0-KO18) shocked the boxing world by claiming a unanimous decision victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf on Saturday night.

Fury has often courted controversy and is well known for his outspoken behaviour and regular antics outside the ring, but don't expect that to change now that he is the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion.

"It's not going to change me. I am what I am," he said during Monday's press conference following his return to England. "Money, fame and glory doesn't change a man unless he wants it to. That's a fake person in my opinion.

"Anyone who can be changed by a few quid and some achievements is not a realist. They were unhappy with what they used to be and they needed things like this to make them a happier person. I've won the belts, am the number one heavyweight in the world and I've caused a massive shock but it is what it is.

"I'm a boxer and I was one before I started. I'm still a boxer now. I don't feel different today than I did yesterday, the day before or the day before that. I'm still Tyson Fury and I'm still going to go and get in an old Land Rover in a minute and get to bed.

"If people don't like it, change the channel. That's all I've got to say. I'll be dictated to by nobody. I'm the man and if anybody can come and prove me wrong, their chance is inside a boxing ring.

"You don't like it? Change the station. You don't like it? Don't take photos. You don't like it? Don't print it in your newspaper. Do I care? Not really."

Asked if he was worried the judges might rob him of the decision, Fury said he won the fight so convincingly, that wouldn't have been possible.

"They couldn't rob me. It was too wide. I didn't give him many rounds. I thought I outboxed him nearly all the rounds. He caught me with a couple of punches that could have swayed the judges and he had the referee on his side.

"He headbutted me all night and kept holding me. When did we see the referee warn him about taking a point off? He didn't. I hit him twice around the back of the head and he took a point off me. It could have been crucial but I was too far ahead.

"If you're not landing punches and you're not in the fight, how can they award it to you? I've watched clips back but I'm not really interested. It's in the past. This is the start of a long journey. I'm just thinking about life and enjoying Christmas at the moment."

Fury's trainer and uncle, Peter Fury, added: "Tyson will be in boxing a long time and will cement his legacy. He is going to enjoy his reign at the top. It has been a hard road but now he has landed at the top of the hill."

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