Tyson Fury sat down with popular American podcast host, stand-up comedian and MMA commentator Joe Rogan on Thursday night. Fury gave an incredible insight into his life since his triumphant victory against Wladimir Klitschko on Rogan’s extremely popular podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ from his studio in LA.
Fury’s mental health issues and road to recovery were explained in detail by the lineal heavyweight world champion in what was a deep and inspirational conversation with Rogan.
Tyson of course had time to speak about his upcoming opponent, America’s WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
The two giant athletes go toe-to-toe on December 1st at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles live on BT Sport Box Office.
Tyson told Rogan that he “hand-picked” Wilder as his opponent and explained how Wilder was a catalyst and motivation for his incredible comeback to the sport.
“I see this video of Deontay Wilder saying ‘Tyson Fury is finally done’.
“He did this video after seeing this photo of me being fat and said: ‘He’s finally finished and even if I did fight him in his heyday I’d have knocked him out’.”
The ‘Gypsy King’ also found offence in Wilder’s choice of words towards a heavyweight great; which happened to be about the boxer that Fury was named after.
“Before that, he was talking about Mike Tyson and how he’d knock him out in a round.
“And I thought to myself: ‘That’s very disrespectful to talk about someone who is not even in your era and all that sort of stuff’.
“So, I thought to myself: ‘If I ever do fight you I’m going to give it to you for that reason’.
“And then when I saw the other video of him saying I can’t come back he gave me that much more motivation to return just so I can beat Deontay Wilder.”
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have been back and forth with each other dating back to before Fury’s famous upset against Klitschko.
The rivalry between the pair has intensified since the announcement of the fight and participated in a feisty media tour which saw the heavyweights come-together on several occasions.
Fury made sure he had the opportunity to share his reason on why he defeats Wilder convincingly on December 1st when speaking to Rogan.
“Deontay Wilder is a one-trick pony.” stated Fury.
He continued; “I don’t need to do anything special to beat him. I just need to be myself. Deontay Wilder is looking for that one right hand all night.”
“It’s a good trick though!” joked Rogan, with Fury responding with “It’s a very good trick, but we all know what happens when that trick doesn’t land… you’ve lost!
“You need more than one punch to beat me. You’re going to need to set it up with footwork, speed, feints, movement and he doesn’t have any of that.”
“If I get hit by a swinging right hand, I deserve to get knocked out, it’s my fault, I want it to knock me out, I’d deserve knocking out!”
“If I let Wilder swing one of those wild punches, swinging from the back of the hall and it hits me and knocks me out, I’d say ‘Thank you very much for putting me out of my misery! God bless you Wilder!’
“Because obviously I can’t be the great fighter I think I am if I’m getting knocked out by swinging punches.”
To watch the stunning interview in full, visit the Joe Rogan Experience YouTube channel
Deontay Wilder puts his WBC world heavyweight title on the line against the lineal heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury in a clash between the undefeated giants on December 1st at the Staples Centre, LA, live on BT Sport Box Office.
Tyson Fury Los Angeles media day photos & quotes for Deontay Wilder fight
Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury hosted a Los Angeles media day Thursday at Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica as he prepares to take on WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder Saturday, December 1 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on SHOWTIME PPV.
Fury, who is training in Big Bear, arrived nearby by helicopter for the media workout to discuss the showdown with Wilder before jumping into the ring to show off the skills that made him an IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Enterprises and Queensberry Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $75, plus applicable fees and are available via AXS.com. Wilder vs. Fury will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV.
Fury was working out in shorts from Oddball, a company that donates all of its proceeds to research to fight testicular cancer, a cause Fury has championed. Here is what Fury and his trainer, Ben Davison, had to say Thursday from Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica:
“This is an important fight for boxing, because it’s two undefeated champions facing off. There have been people not getting in the ring with top guys for whatever reason, but here you have two fighters stepping up and onto the line.
“It’s a pretty easy fight to analyze, Deontay Wilder needs to connect with that big right hand and knock me out, and I need to not let him do that. I need to do whatever I can to get out the way of that right hand, and make him worry about defending my punches.
“I already became a unified champion; I’ve crossed the bridge into the very upper echelon of the sport. This time I’m back and I’m here for good.
“I’m back to reclaim my throne. Even though I’ve had the tune-up fights, I feel like this is my true comeback fight.
“I’m used to being in hostile, solitary environments for training camp. For the Wladimir Klitschko fight I was in Holland, in a forest 10 miles away from any shop or town. I thrive in the condition in Big Bear.
“There have been no distractions training up in Big Bear. It’s perfect. There’s nothing but a few bears and rattle snakes. That’s it as far as distractions.
“I have a great up-and-coming trainer and he’s going to have me ready for the challenge.
“I wear these funky shorts in public a lot and I wore them today because they represent a company called Oddballs, and every penny spent on these pants goes to research to fight testicular cancer. A friend of mine went through it recently, and I want to spread awareness for him and this cause.”
BEN DAVISON, Fury’s Trainer
“I have a great sense of Tyson Fury and can feel what he needs when he wakes up each day and walks into the gym. Our relationship has really gelled these last 12 months.
“It’s going to be an action-packed fight that’s for sure. Both men are violent freaks of nature to be honest with you. It’s going to be an epic battle.
“I think physically alone you can see how far Tyson Fury has come. That takes a lot of willpower and dedication. He’s put a lot of work in just physically, and that’s really just a slice of what he’s shown in the gym.
“All heavyweights can punch, if any one of them hit you on the chin, you’re going to have problems. It’s not the power of Wilder that we’re focusing on, it’s the agility, speed and awkwardness that he brings. We’re studying his habits and watching every little thing that he does in the ring.
“It takes fights like these to bring the best out of Tyson Fury. He’s a fighter who raises his game to what’s in front of him.”