TYSON FURY is bidding to overcome obesity, depression, drug and alcohol addiction and 2½ years of inactivity to win back his world titles.
Compared to those severe obstacles Tyson will take into the ring with him against Deontay Wilder, Prime Minister Teresa May will regard her heavyweight Brexit battle in Parliament on December 11 as a doddle.
Reuters8 Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight world title against Fury in LA
Yet Wilder is only a slight 5-4 ON favourite to hang on to his WBC crown and he will certainly have learned in the last couple of weeks hell hath no fury like a Fury scorned.
Fury contemptuously regards Wilder and Anthony Joshua as imposters. He maintains that as he has never lost inside the ropes he is the only true heavyweight champion of the world.
I’m afraid the Fury who shocked Wladimir Klitschko 36 months ago when he lifted the Ukrainian’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts, no longer exists.
He has been praised for shedding 10st of blubber to get himself in reasonable shape for his appointment early tomorrow morning with Wilder.
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Bongarts – Getty8 After beating Wladimir Klitschko in his own back yard, Tyson Fury was the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight champ – as well as the Lineal king
Instagram @gypsyking1018 Fury was 28 stone before he returned to boxing – with the boxer battling depression
Instagram @gypsyking1018 Fury is three years removed from beating Klitschko, but his titles are now around the waste of Joshua
But the American is a super-fit, lean, mean fighting machine with deadly power in both fists.
I’m reminded how good physically Muhammad Ali looked 38 years ago when he fought Larry Holmes in Las Vegas. He had got down to 15st 7lb, the lightest he’d been for six years.
But it was an illusion. Ali’s appearance was purely cosmetic and it ended disastrously when he was forced to quit on his stool.