Tyson Fury’s transformation over the last 18 months has been nothing short of remarkable.
Few people thought the Gypsy King could make a return to boxing after nearly two years outside the ring.
Now, he’s back in tremendous shape and is set to take on Deontay Wilder for a world title in Los Angeles on December 1.
A true fairytale and if Fury can pull of a shock in the US, a unification fight against domestic rival Anthony Joshua beckons.
That fight has the potential to be the biggest British boxing has ever seen.
Throughout the last 18 months, Fury has consistently taken pop shots at both Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn.
He’s criticised them for not sorting a fight with Wilder due to contract issues.
However, for the first time, Fury has praised both Joshua and Hearn to the rafters on a Fighting Spirit Podcasts with Gareth Davies.
On Joshua, Fury said: “I thought he did fantastic to win [against Alexander Povetkin] and carry on what he’s doing for boxing… I think he’s awesome. As a fan and as a boxing enthusiast I think he’s a very awesome specimen of a man.”
Fair play, Tyson.
The lineal heavyweight champion also had some kind words for Hearn, who tried to sign him to Matchroom for his comeback.
Fury said: “I think he’s a decent bloke to be honest. He’s funny, charismatic, young, good-looking – everything a good promoter should be... Look at what he’s done with Joshua. I don’t believe anybody else could've done the same job.”
You can listen to the whole podcast here.
It's refreshing to here Fury talk about those in his profession with such class.
He's well known as a trash-talker, but it's clear that he respects two men who have been pivotal to British boxing's growth.
Should the opposing sides meet in the near future, the whole world will come to a standstill to watch.