Listen back IN FULL as Tyson Fury visited talkSPORT’s London HQ for an exclusive interview on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
The Gypsy King joined Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist live in the studio on Thursday for a chat about his new autobiography ‘Behind the Mask’ – a memoir of his extraordinary journey to the peak of the heavyweight division, his spiral into darkness and his rise back to the top of the boxing world.
Fury spoke candidly about his struggles with mental health, revealed his ‘pride’ for British rival Anthony Joshua and spoke about his famous fight with Deontay Wilder as well as their upcoming rematch.
It’s a brilliantly honest interview with one of the greatest and most troubled entertainers of this age about his inspirational journey back from the depths of depression.
And you can listen back IN FULL above, with highlights below:
Fury on being ‘proud’ of Anthony Joshua – FULL STORY
“He tried his best [against Ruiz Jr], it wasn’t good enough on the night. He didn’t look right, he didn’t look like he wanted to be there for whatever reason.
“But you can’t do any better than your best and if it is not good enough there is no shame in that. The shame is not doing it in the beginning, not following your dreams. But he has done. He has changed his stars. Started from the bottom, straight to the top. He has done very, very well.
“I am proud of him as a person and as a sportsman.”
Will a showdown with Joshua will ever happen?
“I believe 100 per cent yes. It has got to happen.
“I have three fights left on my contract. Deontay Wilder is next and if Wilder wants it again, he can. Then I will fight the winner of Joshua and Ruiz Jr, for sure.”
What happens with the Wilder rematch on February 22 if he loses to Luis Ortiz on November 23
“When one door closes another one opens. So if he loses, he loses. He’ll have a rematch with Ortiz no doubt.
“And I’ll look for the winner of Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua on the same date.”
Fury on ‘having two personalities’ and mental health – FULL STORY
“There have always been two characters to Tyson Fury – there’s Tyson Fury, the man, and there’s the Gypsy King, the entertainer. It was two totally different people.
“When I’m in the ring doing my stuff and entertaining, the Gypsy King comes out and he thrives, but while I’m at home doing day-to-day stuff and I’m just a normal person, a husband, a father, a son, then Tyson Fury, the man, is where I want to be.
“Before I always used to wear a mask, always, that’s why my new book is called ‘Behind the Mask’. I used to put on an act, I was a performing monkey. That’s how it was for years.
“Being a good boxer wasn’t enough, it’s never enough. If you’re a top boxer, but nobody’s interested in what you do, then it’s pointless.
“To be a pay-per-view star, a crossover star, to make people want to watch and get big viewing figures, you have to act like a crazy man.
“But now I’ve got to this level, I can just be me.”
Fury on UFC switch and Conor McGregor offer – FULL STORY
“I’ve not spoken to [UFC president] Dana White. To be honest with you, I’ve got bigger fish to fry.
“I’m fighting the biggest fights in the world. World boxing is the biggest fights.
“When I get my boxing career finished, I’m gonna go over there and set about all those UFC fighters.
“I’ve got an offer from Conor McGregor to go to Ireland and work out.
“He’s one of the world’s biggest entertainers. It goes beyond winning or losing at a certain level and he’s one of the, if not the biggest draw in the world of combat sports now. So he’s done fantastic in his career.”
Fury on WWE and possible WrestleMania appearance – FULL STORY
“I have been a fan of WWE all my life. I’ve been a big fan of all the big wrestlers. I am athletic enough to be able to learn quickly.
“[Chairman of the WWE] Vince McMahon said he has recruited sports stars from all different sports and he has never seen anyone come into their game, have a couple of training sessions, and pick it up like that. I looked like a natural in there!
“It didn’t go down to well with my management, promoters, trainers, family. Everyone was saying ‘oh the Wilder fight, you are going to get injured’, but the Wilder fight may as well be a million moons away.
“We have left the door open. WrestleMania is coming up in April so who knows – never say never.”