Tyson Fury has already revealed his game plan to defeat Dillian Whyte on April 23 at Wembley Stadium.
‘The Gypsy King’ will make the second and final defence of his WBC heavyweight title on a night that Fury has chosen to walk away from boxing.
Speaking to former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton for BT Sport, Fury was quite happy to discuss what he would do from the first bell.
“Straight out the block, straight to the middle of the ring, push him back straight away. Land big, heavy artillery from round one and he see how long he can take it for without being hit back.”
Fury added that he believes Whyte is tailor-made for him as an opponent.
“If I could tailor-make an opponent. He’d be six foot three, he’d be late 17-18 stone and he’d be like Dillian Whyte. Slow, looking for a big punch. He’s a bit like Samuel Peter. Similar kind of style and we all know what happened to them, they get outboxed quite comfortably and if they really want to, they get knocked out like you saw with Povetkin.”
Whyte’s no-show at the recent launch press conference for the fight maybe have angered promoter Frank Warren but it wasn’t a concern for Fury who carried the event himself with his usual showmanship.
“It’s almost as if he’s expecting to get battered,” Fury said of Whyte.
As with many a build-up to a big fight tales of sparring can feature prominently with differing stories of what went on between each fighter. Fury and Whyte sparred one another many years ago but the champion shot down any claims that his next opponent dropped him during their time in the ring long ago.
“I’ve sparred Dillian Whyte many, many times, and every single time I used him as a punching bag,” said Fury.
“There was times he couldn’t defend himself and there was a time where he had to be stopped and my cousin Hughie had to spar him instead. Hughie was about 18 at the time, he used to batter him. All these stories knocking me down 25 times in sparring, highly unlikely anyone believes all that rubbish.
Fury’s revelation that he will retire after April 23 has been met by cynicism in some quarters. Stories of fighter’s retiring are usually met with such an attitude because of history teaching us that the sport is so difficult to walk away from. Fury insists this will be the final fight in his career and that he has no reason to carry on.
“I’ve done everything I need to do now,” he said. “I’ve made more money than I can spend in a million lifetimes. I’ve got nothing more to do. Capping it off at the capital stadium,100,000 people. I’ve been in this game 14 years now and I’ve been punched to pieces over the year as well. I’ve had a long hard career and I finally got the just deserts out of it in the end.
“The only thing I can gain is money. So, after this fight without sounding like a complete (beep) I’ll have earned well over 100 million. If I can spend that then I don’t deserve anymore seriously. I know Mike Tyson spent half a billion and Holyfield 400 million, but I don’t live their big flash lifestyles. I live in Morecambe, Lancashire. It’s cheap there. I don’t have no big habits where I’m gambling tons of money away or stuff, I’ve invested in. I can never spend the money I’ve got. I started in Morecambe and I’m still there all these years later.
“I’ve got six kids at home and a wife. When is enough, enough? Why do I have to be one of those people that went on too long and got injured or just had one too many fights and blew it all. For what? A few more quid. I want to retire on top. Unbeaten heavyweight champion of the world. I want to do a Netflix documentary; I want to do a Hollywood movie. I want to bring my kids up, I want to be a good husband, father, and a good son. Most importantly above all I just want to be happy.”