BT Sport have released a clip from Tyson Fury’s first press conference as a professional boxer.
‘The Gypsy King’ defeated Hungarian Bela Gyongyosi via TKO in the first round, a bout that was on the Carl Froch - Jean Pascal undercard in December 2008, at Trent FM Arena in Nottingham.
Fury is just weeks away from the biggest fight of his career, a clash with WBC kingpin Deontay Wilder on December 1, at Staples Centre in LA.
Former four-belt title holder Fury, 30, is in California, working at the gym of renowned trainer Freddie Roach – who will be in his corner – as he attempts an extraordinary comeback after serious mental health issues and two low-key fights in three years.
Alabama native Wilder has won all 40 of his outings since turning pro in November 2008. Bermane Stiverne is the only man to have gone the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber,’ though he was knocked out by the Olympian in a rematch last November.
In the video below, a youthful and confident Fury describes his rise through the ranks in his amateur career and provides details on some of his biggest achievements prior to turning pro.
He also talks of his controversial exclusion from the Olympic Games and his rivalry with fellow British heavyweight David Price.
”It started in 2005, I had my first amateur contest and after a few bouts I started beating bigger and better-named opponents. I was then selected to box for the North West of England and go to a German Cup tournament which I won.
”I was then selected by England and went to the round robin tournament in Ireland and got a gold medal. After only eight bouts I went to the World Junior Championships in Morocco 2006. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best decision, I would have got the gold medal but lost by 2/3 points. I won a bronze medal anyway.
“This year (2008) I should have gone to the Olympic Games really, but only through politics, I’ve never made it there. Anyone in the Olympic Games, I’d handle no bother. I’d have done a better job than my arch-rival Mr Price.
‘The Gypsy King’ ten years on, still has the same ruthless self-belief that he had when he started. His confidence, determination, and ability to get inside his opponents' minds has enabled him to achieve great success within the sport as he chases yet another title on December 1.