WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury says he will be a “sad and lonely” person when he ends his boxing career.
The undefeated 33-year-old will defend his title this weekend against American Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas, their third fight after a draw in 2018 and Fury’s win in 2020.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Boxing podcast, Fury says he wouldn’t regret never fighting again and thinks he’s not motivated by the huge purses he can control.
“I’m not fighting to be the greatest of all time, I’m not fighting to be a legend,” Fury said.
“It wouldn’t help me to earn another PS50m or PS200m, you don’t have to be rich to live my life. I’m just a normal person who is very good at boxing and a very special chosen person.”
Fury, nicknamed the Gypsy King, said he could walk away and never watch boxing again, although he admitted he wouldn’t know how to keep himself busy without the sport.
“What motivates me? I get asked this a lot,” Fury said. “It’s definitely not a few pounds. The fact is that there is nothing else.
“I box because I can. I enjoy nothing else, I have no hobbies. After boxing I will be a very sad, lonely person.
“I’ve tried taking care of animals, riding a four-wheeler, having a shotgun license, shooting clay pigeons. Nothing turns me on.”
Fury is a favorite for Saturday’s fight, but has likened Wilder to an “atomic bomb” leading up to the fight.
“We both know what we can do, there are no secrets,” Fury said. “I’m dealing with a guy who can knock you out with one punch, and he’s dealing with the same thing.
“Having the two biggest heavyweights on the biggest stage is always an exciting evening. The landscape of the heavyweights can change in seconds, and it’s up to me to keep it on track and not overdo it.” let it change.”