‘I’m ready to wrestle’: Tyson Fury all set for WWE debut and $15million payday… as he puts boxing career on the line in Saudi Arabia
- Tyson Fury is brimming with confidence ahead of bow in professional wrestling
- Fury faces Braun Strowman in WWE’S Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia
- The undefeated boxer risks reopening gash above eye sustained in last fight
- A rematch with American Deontay Wilder early next year is still on the cards
Tyson Fury is vowing to lay WWE giant Braun Strowman down and out this Thursday night, thereby putting to bed the claims that professional wrestling is a sham.
The Gypsy King’s decision to jeopardise his world heavyweight championship rematch with Deontay Wilder by venturing into the realm of grunt, groan and grapple has raised eyebrows as sharply as the cut he sustained in his last fight.
Fury defends risking a reopening of that gruesome gash above his right eye by saying of the opponent he faces in Saudi Arabia: ‘This man is 385 lbs of Braun but I will knock him out before he can rough me up.
Tyson Fury has decided to step into the world of professional wrestling in Saudi Arabia
The lineal world heavyweight champion will face Braun Strowman at WWE’s Crown Jewel
TYSON FURY’S BOXING CAREER
- Fights: 30
- Wins: 29 (20 by knockout)
- Draws: 1
- Losses: 0
‘Believe me, there will be no pretence about this fight. I am going into it full on. I’m sure he will too but he has never faced anyone with the punching power of the lineal world heavyweight boxing champion.
‘I expect to knock him out the first time I connect with his chin. But if that doesn’t happen then I’m ready to wrestle. I’ve prepared for anything and everything in the WWE gym.
‘If anyone thinks this game is fake they should try it. This is the most punishing, physical, painful training I’ve been through. I’ve not hurt my body so as to go out there and put on a mock fight or just clown around. Fighters in all combat sports want to win.
‘No wrestler wants to be embarrassed in the ring by a boxer. This will be real.’
Fury sustained a nasty cut in September during his last fight against Otto Wallin in Las Vegas
Fury is also at pains to deny he is doing this either to duck the huge Wilder rematch or for more fame. He says: ‘Tell Deontay I won’t get injured if I can help it, any more than he will in his dangerous fight with Luis Ortiz next month. He’s next.
‘But now I’ve lost all that fat I’m a gym rat and I need to stay active. I grew up watching WWE and my son Prince loves it. It’s not about being famous. I don’t want to be a celebrity all my life.
‘All I’m interested in now is being with my family and life experiences, of which trying WWE is one. Boxing is my career because as a born fighting man I love its purity and clarity. But once it’s all over I want to live a normal life.
The Crown Jewel event will take place at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh
‘It will take a while for all the fuss to die down but whenever it does I can’t think of anything better than walking around enjoying myself, without being recognised.’
That will seem a strange claim from a natural showman but the inference is that Fury performs with one good eye on the rewards of hyper-salesmanship.
He is understood to be earning $15million in the desert. That amount could double or even treble if he and Wilder come through their interim outings intact and ready to meet again, in Las Vegas on February 22.
Fury v Strowman at the WWE’s Crown Jewel promotion in Riyadh will be televised live on Sky Sports Box Office.