Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.


Tyson Fury vows to ‘be myself’ upon ring return


LONDON – After being out of action for two years, former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has vowed to “be myself” when he steps back into the ring.

The British boxer has been unable to make a comeback to professional boxing after failing a drug test in June 2016.

He is determined to clear his name, insisting he is not a “drugs cheat”. The 29-year-old has always insisted his positive test was due to eating uncastrated wild boar.

“Of all the things I’ve been called – a bigot, a sexist, a homophobe – I may have been those but the one thing I’m not is a drugs cheat,” the 29-year-old told IFL TV.

Fury turned up at a press conference dressed as Batman ahead of his win against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but said he was “not going to be a performing actor” for promoters.

“This time I want to be myself, I don’t want to play a character anymore. I want the public to see me, the people’s champion, the happy-go-lucky Tyson Fury. Not the confident, brash character to sell tickets. If promoters can’t do their job, I’m not going to help them. I’m not going to be a performing actor,” he said.

Fury added: “I feel I have a story to tell, a massive one. The stuff I’ve been through, depression, mental health problems. It can help and inspire others. From rags to riches to rags again.”

“From 18 stone to 27. From a clean living man to drugs and alcohol and back to the heavyweight world champion again. I hope the legacy and story I leave behind will help others in the future of what to do and not to do,” he said. GAD/Expat Media


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