With just over 48 hours until he makes his debut in the world of wrestling, Tyson Fury has revealed how he plans to beat Deontay Wilder and get out of boxing for good.
The Wythenshawe-born, former world heavyweight champion of the world, says he could retire as early as next year - with an all British battle with Dereck Chisora at his beloved Old Trafford his last fight. But before then, he's joked about using his new wrestling skills to powerslam American Wilder to the floor in their rematch in February.
Speaking to BBC 5 Live, 'The Gypsy King' said: “I’m looking at three fights next year, Wilder in February, Wilder in June, maybe a farewell fight in December, who knows, Dereck Chisora, at the MEN Arena or at Old Trafford.
“It’s a young man's game, and I’m 31, getting along in the sport. There’s a lot of young men in the sport and Father Time catches up with everybody and I don’t want to be in this game longer than I need to. I’ve got five kids at home and a wife, I think it’d be fair to spend quite a bit of time with those people.”
He's set for a rematch with Deontay Wilder in February, and is confident this will go ahead, whatever the outcome of the American's bout with Luis Ortiz on November 23rd in Las Vegas. Fury added: “I spoke to Bob [Arum] about this and said ‘What happens if he has a tough fight against Ortiz at the end of the month?’ He’s said ‘It doesn’t matter, you’re going to fight anyway in February,’ and I’m happy with that.
"I want it to happen in February so I can get it out of the way. Then I can crack on with my summer then.”
When asked if there’s anything from the world of wrestling he can use in boxing, he said: “The actual physical side of it is different, there’s no grabbing and throwing on the floor in boxing - otherwise you get kicked out for that after one or two mornings.
“Who knows I might grab Wilder and powerslam him to the floor and suplex him across the ring!”
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On his approach to the WWE, Fury seemed excited by the lack of restrictions in the fight, saying: “I’ve told them it’s no holds barred, do what you want to me. Batter me if you can.”
He also spoke about the tactics he’ll be using against Braun Strowman during WWE’s Crown Jewel event, in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night, saying: “I’m going to come out, circling, feint him a couple of times and see how he reacts to that… I’ve got speed on my side, athleticism, I’m taller, better-looking. Everything's on my side unless he picks me up and smashes me onto the floor in a bear hug, then I’m dead.”
Finally, Fury spoke about his thoughts on fighting in the Middle East, making it clear that he’s a man that’d fight anytime, anywhere, saying “I’m just a prizefighter. I go where I’m told. If it’s on the moon, I’m off to the moon, see you there, bring your skates!”
The Gypsy King makes his WWE debut against ‘The Monster Among Men’ on Thursday night, on Sky Sports Box Office.