By Ollie Salt, courtesy of The Daily Star
TYSON FURY claims Deontay Wilder wants what he has.
Fury is set to face the WBC heavyweight champion in a colossal showdown in Los Angeles on December 1.
After spending 31 months out of the ring, amid battles with depression and drug addiction, the ‘Gypsy King’ only returned to action in tune-up wins over minnows Sefer Seferi and Francesco Planeta over the summer.
Now, though, he is jumping in at the deep end with Wilder – the unbeaten American with a frightening record of 40 wins and 39 knockouts.
Yet Fury insists he remains lineal champion of the division following his famous win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, and that Wilder wants to make that title his own.
“He does seem to be an angry man,” he told Fighting Spirits with Gareth A Davies.
“He’s got a point to prove, hasn’t he?
“To everybody’s eyes, Tyson Fury’s the lineal champion. Deontay Wilder is the beltholder. He wants what I have and that’s to be considered as the best.”
After topping Klitschko in November 2015, Fury’s career spiralled out of control.
His rematch with the Ukrainian, scheduled for 29 October 2016, was called off after he was declared ‘medically unfit to fight.’
The former unified chief has been admirably open about his battles with depression and drug addiction in his time away from the sport, which saw him slapped with a two-year anti-doping ban by the British Boxing Board of Control.
And Fury believes resurrecting his career after such a huge fall from grace has won over some of the American fans.
“I think Americans, they love the comeback story as good as anybody,” he said.
“And I think my story has captured the imagination of the public because it’s almost like a fairytale story.
“I’ve gone from rags to riches, back to rags again, suffered with depression, contemplated suicide, lost everything I’ve ever had and worked hard for, to then turn my life back around again and get back to the pinnacle of the sport within a year.
“It’s a compelling story, wouldn’t you agree?”