Boxer doesn’t want sport to become ‘about money’
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is struggling to motivate himself and could quit boxing, the controversial fighter told BBC Radio 5 Live on Thursday.
He said: “I could walk away. I could just sail into the sunset unbeaten with all the belts and live a normal life. All that I would be boxing for is money and I always thought to myself I never want to let sport become about money.”
The 27-year-old British boxer, who beat Vladimir Klitschko to claim the world heavyweight crown with a points win in Germany in November, may even hang up his gloves before facing the Ukrainian in a rematch scheduled for May or June.
Last year, Fury drew criticism for his offensive comments about women, homosexuality and abortion, but didn’t face punishment from the British Boxing Board of Control as there was no suggestion that he had broken the law by exercising his right to freedom of expression.
He continued: “I’ve accomplished a dream. It’s about how much motivation I have to keep going on. There is life after boxing and I don’t know what I’m going to do at the moment. I haven’t even cemented I am going to fight in a rematch.”
Fury has claimed a sheikh in Dubai glamorously offered to host his world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on a yacht in a bout that could have been worth £82m.
According to the 27-year-old, the showdown would only be available to 120 audience members, each paying $1m for a ticket.
“There are five possible venues. I’m hoping it’s not going to go back to Germany. I’d rather go to Abu Dhabi or Qatar than there,” he told the Daily Telegraph.