- Tyson Fury has locked himself in Las Vegas to prepare for Deontay Wilder
- Gypsy King is hoping to emulate its demolition work from February 2020
- He almost opened up on losing his baby and drinking a gallon of water a day
- Fury, 33, is under no illusions about the big work American has to offer
- The WBC champion is adamant that he will still have his title on Sunday morning
Tyson and some of the team guys kicked off one of these long pre-fight evenings by sitting at a game of poker in their new mansion.
‘Here,’ shouted the champ, banging one of those meat cleaver fists on a beautiful table beneath classical artwork in the diner of a cavernous kitchen.
Then he burst out laughing. Whatever the game, Tyson Fury will play just as hard against Deontay Wilder in his trilogy world heavyweight title fight here on Saturday night.
Tyson Fury is in a bullish mood as his heavyweight performance with Deontay Wilder draws to a close
So were the cards as sweet for him as he hopes to crash America’s Bronze Bomber again?
‘I just want to win in everything,’ he says with a smile as wide as the road ahead. ‘Not me?’
Well, he usually does. Still undefeated. Still the heavyweight champion of the world. Still, he didn’t have it all with the cards, as he did when he destroyed Wilder in their first rematch.
‘It was a six-man poker tournament,’ he says. ‘The winner takes all, £20 each. It came down to the last two of us. I was the leading chip holder but the game was dragging on. So I said let’s decide who draws the most singles cards.
‘I went earlier. Ouch. Cut five. I was afraid that for once I was going to come second. Then, the bang, a three came out. I thought, “Whoa”. I couldn’t believe I would win by five. Surely you will never win with five at any casino on the Strip. High fives all round!’
The Gypsy King has been locked in a luxury training base ahead of its second rematch
Fury, 33, isn’t afraid to attend a poker game with his team and kicks him out
Fury says he and his family are moving on after losing their sixth child (pictured with wife Paris Fury)
It’s not like he’s letting his £120 winnings go to its head: ‘I’m hiding money to take home and put in my bank savings account.’
He said, he had left the house early the next morning with big dustbins. Does the winner have a habit of taking out the trash? ‘Oh,’ he says. ‘I am the father of six children so I do.’
Then he is running with his brothers and trainers around the luxury estate, which has two heavy iron gates at the entrance. When he signs autographs, some wealthy neighbors keep him jogging on the spot. The people next door are walking the dog and he stops and smiles.
A medic from the local clinic arrives and stands in the hot sun as he conducts the latest COVID test on himself: ‘I have to do this because my nose is broken so often that no one else can stick a stick in there.’
The result will return negative. Not to his surprise. He has caused some stir by delaying a second vaccination – ‘because I don’t want to feel weak or anything in the ring’ – but is confident there will be no recurrence of the July postponement of this fight with Wilder because of his coronavirus infection. He is sure he is now flooded with antigens, saying: ‘I have actually had covid not once but twice.’
Fury takes regular Covid test, tests positive to force fight to reschedule
British star stops to pet a dog while running with his brothers and trainers
Despite this, he is taking more strict precautions. The team has been reduced to five people living in a bigger house, with three more living in a rented house nearby. He adds: ‘We also keep the bubble safe by keeping the gym under lock and key, no one else is allowed in when we’re there.’
Then he returns to his home from home. Although he adds: ‘This house is not home at the moment. This is the basis of my work. Home is where the families are and they are not here.
Not lovely Paris. None of the six children. They are back in Morecambe after the heartache of losing a new baby girl almost at birth.
Fury says: ‘It’s trauma when you’re told your child is dead. Thanks to the great nurses and doctors who saved her, we have now moved on. We always like to look ahead, not backward.
So, now on to Fury-Wilder III. He says: ‘I never take anyone lightly. Some people are writing to Deonte because I shattered him last seven rounds. not me. He is still my most dangerous opponent. There are some good boxers but with the power of the wielder I know I’m messing with the nuclear bomb.
Fury’s trilogy clash with Wilder has been a long time in the making because of twists and turns
‘If he gets hooked properly with just one punch, it can cause havoc for anyone. Trauma in the ring. I realized it when he let me down in our first fight.
In that surprising final round of a controversial draw, Fury barely regained consciousness to end the fight.
Ask him how he did it and he says: ‘You must have guts to be successful in boxing. Sheer courage. There will be moments when it is not how much you hit but how much you can take. I have taken a lot in my life. So I have trained for it like Rocky in the film.
‘No man could have done more than this. Toughest match possible. Vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, vitamins, minerals – eat nothing but the best foods.’
The Gypsy King destroyed its American rival 20 months ago and wants to emulate that feat
However, Fury is acutely aware of the danger that poses to the big-hitting bronze bomber (above)
He’s also spilling a surprising amount of water to counter the arid climate of the Nevada desert. ‘Well over a gallon a day,’ he says. ‘Hydration is a vital key to performance. Your body is 75 percent water. And I have a big body. Keep giving water. One percent dehydration equates to a 20 percent drop in performance. It’s hard to drink that much. You have to keep running to relieve yourself.
Fortunately, this Catholic father’s house has several bathrooms. Also great dedication. He says: ‘Anything worth doing is going to be tough. If success was as easy as a drug, everyone would be successful. But that is not the way the world works. You have to be very determined to win. To be sure to win you have to be able to do things that others won’t. And there is always a surprise with me.
So what does he have in store for Wilder? He says: ‘Deonte will find himself up against Tyson Fury who is 30 to 40 percent better than Tyson Fury who gave him steam in the last fight. I haven’t wasted my 20 months out of the ring.
‘I’ve worked hard to improve my boxing, my footwork, my jab. Every thing I’ve been an elite fighter for years, but I’ve used the brakes to go even higher.
The Gypsy King remembers attacking Fury in the 12th round of his first bout in 2018
The 33-year-old (right) says he is in great shape, stressing that no corners have been cut
‘I’m sure Deonte is working hard to improve as well. He’s got a new trainer and wants to get better. But while he would also have the biggest punch in the world, I really can’t see how he could make a big difference in his basic boxing. I hope he is better. I hope he can give me a bigger challenge because we don’t want to have another beat.
“I love boxing and we all want good fights. Anyway, if we both improved then the result should be the same. I broke it and broke it into pieces again. Only fast.’
Meanwhile, he’s set to play the legendary entertainer: ‘I love Fight Week’s circus. Creation. fun and frolic. Let the game begin.
So, will there be the High Five again for Fury on this fantasy bar? Don’t bet against it. According to the bookies here, the Gypsy King still rules on Sunday morning.
Fury V Wilder will be aired live at the BT Sport box office late this Saturday.