Tyson Fury "couldn’t give a hoot" what people think of him as a boxer but vowed to prove his worth in the ring against Dereck Chisora tonight.
The duo will go head to head at London’s ExCel Arena in a WBO world title final eliminator to earn the right to fight IBF, WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.
The build-up has been marred by ugly confrontations that have seen more words written about Fury’s exploits out of the ring than in it but the 26-year-old insists none of that matters to him.
“I’m not interested one bit if people take me seriously as a boxer, I couldn’t give a hoot,” Fury said.
“As long as I get paid, and I win good fights, I’m happy.
“People can say and do what they like. I’ll prove to everyone what I can do inside the ring, not out of it, on Saturday. I’m looking forward to that.”
The fight has sold out its 18,700 tickets. At yesterday’s weigh-in Fury tipped the scales at 18st 12lbs — 23lbs heavier than his opponent. Reigning European heavyweight champion Chisora came in at 17st 3lb.
Undercard fighter Chris Eubank Jnr failed to turn up to the final media outing ahead of his meeting with Billy Joe Saunders. Promoter Frank Warren questioned Eubank’s professionalism for his no-show but insists the bill, headed by Fury and Chisora, will be a raging success.
“There isn’t a single ticket left,” Warren said. “We can’t put more seats in because of restrictions with the local authority. The atmosphere is going to be fantastic”.
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