Newly-crowned world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is adamant his recent success won’t go to his head as the four-belt title holder spoke at his homecoming on Monday.
The 27 year-old addressed the media in Bolton to discuss his amazing victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf on Saturday night and gave assurances that he will remain the same person he’s always been despite the feat.
“It’s not going to change me. I am who I am,” said Fury at the press conference.
“Money, fame and glory doesn’t change a man unless he wants it to. And that’s a fake person, in my opinion. Anyone who can be changed by a few quid or some achievements is not a realist because they were unhappy at who they used to be and they needed a few more things in life to make them a happier person.
“Alright, I’ve won four or five belts, whatever they are and I’m the number one ranked heavyweight in the world. I’ve done a massive shock and all that, but it is what it is. I’m a boxer and I was a boxer before I started. I’m still a boxer now and I don’t feel any different than I did today, yesterday, the day before or the day before that.
“I’m still Tyson Fury and I’m going to go home in an old Land Rover and go to bed,” he added.
Asked to clarify or comment further on some of his recent controversial outbursts reported in interviews given prior to the Klitschko fight, Fury had a clear message for his detractors.
“If people don’t like it change the channel, that’s all I’ve got to say. I’m the man and if anybody can prove me wrong it’s in the boxing ring. If you don’t like it change station, if you don’t like it take photos, if you don’t like it don’t print it in your newspapers. Do I care? Not really.”
The top division ruler is now set to take stock of his spectacular triumph once the Christmas period is out of the way and says boxing is taking a backseat to his family duties until the New Year at the earliest.
“This is the tip of the iceberg and the start of a long journey, but I’m not thinking about boxing. I’m just thinking about life at the moment and enjoying Christmas coming up. I think about (what’s next) in the New Year. I’m sure I’ll give it a thought or two,” said Fury.