Watching world-class athletes perform on the big stage is one of the great privileges of life.
No matter which sport you follow, you are bound to have a personal favourite sports person who you follow very closely.
However, the modern athlete has the tendency to be quite bland, often speaking in cliches and generally giving safe answers to questions as they are afraid to damage their brand with controversial comments.
For those who yearn for the day of free speaking sporting figures, they would greatly appreciate the work of Tyson Fury.
His rise up the boxing ranks has seen Fury become a figure you either have grown to love or hate with his outspoken thoughts on many issues both inside and outside the ring.
The former heavyweight champion had been absent from the sport for an extended period due to a drugs ban but the beginning of the month saw him return to winning ways against Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi in just four rounds.
After receiving plenty of criticism for the poor ability of his chosen opponent, Fury has said he will now be looking for a far sterner challenge.
"I've had two years out of the ring, lost eight-and-a-half stone, battled alcoholism, drugs, depression anxiety. For anybody to return to competition after all that, overcoming all of the odds, to get back in the ring and fight after so long, that's an achievement," he told iFL TV.
"It was never about the opponent, it was about me getting back in the ring.
“Seferi was 23-1 but as soon as I clipped him he didn’t want to know. I can’t complain. I am still good looking.
"I hope we get someone who will punch me in the face, bust my face, bust my nose and I can show them."
Fury who is hoping to have four fights in 2018, is looking forward to returning to the Northern Ireland capital for a non-title ten rounder in August.
"This will be my fourth time boxing in Belfast and I cannot wait"
After all his recent travails in his career and the view that he is just a loudmouth, what has to be noted is that Fury is a very capable fighter in his own right with 26 wins from as many fights with 19 knockouts.
You don't have to agree with anything he says, but his record is a testament to the fact that he will earn the respect from every opponent he faces.
Tyson Fury is back and he is certainly looking to make up for lost time.
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