'Mentally happy' Fury vows to keep on fighting

Sports | REUTERS 21 May 2020

Tyson Fury said he plans to keep stepping into the boxing ring because it keeps him "mentally happy" as he targets a long reign as the world heavyweight champion.

Fury stunned boxing fans in 2015 when he beat Vladimir Klitschko for the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, but he later struggled with mental health and alcohol and drug use which derailed his career.

The 31-year-old stopped Deontay Wilder in February to take the WBC crown and now plans to follow in Klitschko's footsteps and fight until he is 40.

"I'm happy with where I am in my career," Fury said, adding he was happy to keep taking on contenders. "Klitschko did it until he was 40.

"I ain't boxing for money, I ain't boxing for fame, I ain't boxing for a belt. I'm boxing because it keeps me mentally happy and I like to do it."

Klitschko reigned as heavyweight champion for a total of 12 years and beat a record 23 opponents in title fights.

With Anthony Joshua holding the WBA, WBO and IBF titles, a unification bout between the British pair is on the cards but Fury is set to fight Wilder in a rematch first while Joshua is due to take on Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev this year.

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