Failure in the David Haye fight coming to fruition initially proved very difficult for Fury to overcome - he retired - briefly - but the Manchester colossus is now pleased just to be stepping back into the ring.
“I’m not frustrated - I’m just in a happy place,” Fury told subscription channel BoxNation. “I’m happy I’ve got a fight lined up. I’m happy that I’ve got a deal on the table. I couldn’t be any happier. Training is going well, everything is good. 2014 - new year - and I’m hoping it’s going to be a fresh start after all that’s gone on over the past year or so.
“I’m just looking forward to getting in there now and fighting someone who’s actually going to turn up and fight,” he said.
“A fit, motivated Tyson Fury is probably the most dangerous fighter on the planet,” he declared.
“As I’ve said in the past, it’s pretty easy to beat me but then on the other hand it’s pretty hard to beat me because to beat me you’ve got to knock me out. To knock me out you’ve got to stand in front of me and to stand in front of me you’re going to be hurt yourself.”
“And if you can take the punishment like I can take it then we’re going to be in for a treat, but if you can’t, then it’s going to be an easy night for me. But if you can then it’s going to be an easy night for you. If not, then – hell!”
Fury’s opponent Basile is the current IBF Latino heavyweight champion. Should Fury win as expected, a rematch against Dereck Chisora, who headlines the February 15th card against Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, is in the pipeline for the summer.
Fury and Chisora share respect for one another: “There’s not a chance [Chisora will duck out of a fight]. We fought before me and Del Boy, a 12 round slugfest, back in the summer of 2011. I’m happy that he’s worked his way back up and that he’s fighting me again.”
“It’s going to bea great fight again. I know he’s not going to pull out, and 100 per cent he’s going to be there, because he’s a fighting man like myself – he’ll fight anybody.
“I’m just happy that one of us is going to fight for the world title. Chisora’s already had a shot and it would be nice for me to have a shot this time. I’m just looking forward to it,”
“All will be unveiled this year. We’ll know if Tyson Fury is any good or if he is just the hype job that people think he was – six months and we’ll know.”
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