Tyson Fury has revealed that he placed himself in near splendid isolation during preparations for today’s WBC world heavyweight title defence against Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Gypsy King has been making merry in Morecambe ahead of trading blows for a third time against his old London rival and insists that boxing has been front and centre for him since training began in earnest.
Key projects were completed or put on pause so his full attention could be paid to what will be a third defence of his WBC belt. A third publication, a hopefully hit single and Netflix filming have been put to one side as focus has been trained solely on the day’s job.
“I am isolating away from the family, keeping them at arm’s length and just living like a fighter. While I am in camp I am in Spartan mode and I can’t be around the family. I’ve got to have this fight attitude in order to win these fights, big fights.
Tyson went on to explain on the Queensberry YouTube channel how his relationship with the Fight Game is currently a harmonious one delivering him peace of mind along with glorious highs.
“My relationship with boxing? I am in a very good place with boxing at the moment. I’m back, I’m hungry, I’m putting the work in, I’m grinding. George Foreman said a long time ago, along with some other boxers, that it is difficult to run along the road at five in the morning when you’ve got your Versace slippers on and your silk pajamas.
“I’ve been in love with boxing for such a long time from being a little boy and I am 34 now, probably at the end of my career in the next few years. It has been a love-hate relationship and it has been toxic at times, but when it is good, it is very good.
“I know it is an addiction and I am an addictive person. It is not my best friend, it is an addiction. It is abusive because, when I come to this gym it abuses my body, my mind and my soul, but afterwards I feel it takes me to ecstasy.
“Boxing is more addictive than any drug ever. Ever. Because you can’t let it go.” –Boxingscene.com