Tyson Fury was fired up at the Manchester leg of his press conference tour this week as the former world heavyweight champion looked forward to his summer comeback.
Speaking honestly as ever about his two and half year spell out of the ring and heading to a bad place, Fury revealed what the catalyst was that sparked his tiresome weight-loss training sessions.
“I can’t say how delighted I am,” Fury said at Thursday’s press conference alongside Frank Warren. “It was Deontay Wilder who spurred me on where he said I couldn’t do it, couldn’t return. The fire is back now. I’m ready to fight today, tomorrow, whenever. Every time I went to the pub and had 10 pints I thought, ‘yes, I want to fight now’ but I didn’t.
“I’m in a very, very good place. I feel fully focused. Fit, strong and fast. I needed that time to off to recoup and rest. I feel stronger and quicker and fitter than I ever have done
“I think the two and a half years has done me well, I started boxing when I was really young and I never really had that break so it was nice to have time, some much needed time, with the family but I’m back now and ready to really set the division on fire this time.
“It took two and a half years to get that fire again. I was wondering where is this fire, is it going to come? I wanted to fight then but I was walking one day and thought I am a fat pig and I knew something had to change.
“I almost didn’t make it to the training camp, I almost turned around four or five times, and went to Disneyland, I was coming up with excuses but I kept going and we ended up getting there, we made it and now look I’m here on a lovely day in my hometown, The Mack is back.”
On potential fights with Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder,” Fury added: “I believe I can tie one hand behind my back and beat AJ and Wilder, and they could choose which one I tie back.
“I’m going to have a couple of warm-up fights and then we can take on any of them. I believe my talent and confidence is enough to beat these guys.”
Fury’s opponent will be revealed in the next two weeks, although promoter Warren confirmed it won’t be a big name.