Tyson Fury is all set for the biggest fight of his life against the hard-hitting American WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on Dec.1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Tyson Fury was off the ring for nearly three years before making his comeback this year and in August, In front of a 25,000-sellout crowd at Windsor Park, Fury shook off any ring rust and showed genuine focus for the task against a limited opponent.
Despite his out-of-the-ring problems, lay-off and lack of action against top-level opponents, the Manchester-based boxer feels ready for Wilder, who will make the eighth defense.
However, the comeback wasn’t easy as Fury had put on a staggering 400-pounds and used to drink nearly 100 pints of beer a day.
Speaking to American broadcaster Showtime, he said: “I rang my wife up and said to me wife: ‘I’m coming back to boxing’, to which she replied: ‘No, you’re not. You’re too fat!
“I was 400 pounds and counting. I’m stood here today at 259/260lbs.
“In England, we have pints of beer. It’s like a big thing, I used to drink 20 of them like four or five times a week.
“This belly was out here, this back was out here. I had wings on me.
“I’m disfigured for life. I’ve got stretch marks all over my body.”
For the upcoming fight, Fury has based himself at Big Bear Lake in California where some of the most well-known fighters have previously trained.
“Everything in Big Bear is three times harder. But when you come down [to normal altitude] you can work three times harder.
“I’ve been training up there for two weeks and feeling like dog s*** every day.
“I feel like I can’t do five rounds up there because I can’t breathe, so we wanted to see if I’m fit or not.
“We’ve come down and I’ve done 12 rounds here today at lightweight pace, and I smashed it. So I’m fit.”