HIGH-ROLLER Tyson Fury is set to bank £12million for his latest Las Vegas show — but he is only dreaming of tucking into jam sandwiches on Morecambe Bay.
Just 13 weeks after crushing Tom Schwarz in two brutal Sin City rounds, the Gypsy King is back on the Strip with another little-known European heavyweight in his way.
Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin, 28, has been selected as his next victim — and the Nevada bookmakers have made him a big 12-1 underdog to pull a rabbit out of the hat like a Vegas magician.
Fury has taken some stick for his choice of opponent, with Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn labelling Fury’s big-money clash a “shambles”.
But the Gypsy King — who has rebranded himself as ‘El Rey Gitanos’ in honour of Mexican Independence weekend — insists he has no desire to build a record which will book his place in history.
He said: “If I was interested in becoming a true great then I would be concerned about who I fight, when I fight and how I fight.
"Considering I’ve no real interest in stuff like legacy and how people perceive me when I’m gone, it doesn’t matter to me.
“It is unimportant what people think — because I will be at home having a jam sandwich and a cup of tea looking out the window at Morecambe Bay.
'NO AMBITION LEFT'
“I hear a lot of criticism coming from boxing promoters and fighters who have no concern or input in my career.
“So why should they be bitter towards me for being out here, fighting on the world’s biggest stage, the world’s biggest TV station and getting the world’s biggest pay cheques. Shouldn’t they be happy for me?”
Should Fury rack up the 29th victory of his undefeated professional career, he is expected to take on Deontay Wilder on February 22 in a blockbuster rematch of their controversial December draw.
Beating the big-punching Yank would make Fury WBC world heavyweight champ — but the 31-year-old is adamant he is not even motivated by that.
He added: “I don’t have any ambitions in boxing. None. Every ambition I ever had I achieved. Everything. There isn’t one thing on my tick-list I didn’t achieve.
“I’m living one day at a time, I’m living one fight at a time. People say, ‘Ah, you’ve got Wilder after Wallin’.
“Wallin ain’t even here yet. I might not even be alive in February, who knows?”
Although it might sound like a throwaway comment, Fury was making reference to his long-running battle with depression, which regularly left him feeling suicidal.
He added: “Death was in the equation a lot of times — a lot.
“I 100 per cent still have bad days just the same, I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t, I’ve just learned to manage it.
“People often ask me, ‘How did you get over it’? My answer is, ‘You can never beat these mental-health problems’.
“It’s something that you’ve got forever but you have to learn to manage it.
“Achievements mean nothing to me because at the end of the day being content and happy is worth more than anything in the world. I’ve been to hell and back.
“I’d rather be skint, living in Las Vegas sewers, than go back to how I was and have a billion dollars in the bank. I never want to go back to that place, ever.”
- Tyson Fury takes on Otto Wallin live on BT Sport Box Office. The fight can be watched through BT Sport Box Office on BT TV, Virgin TV, Sky, online via the web, or the BT Sport Box Office App.
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