Tyson Fury says he receives more racial abuse now he is world champion but insists he does not care as long as boxing makes him rich.
Fury, who calls himself the ‘Gyspy King’ and comes from a Traveller background, is preparing for a world title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko at the MEN Arena on July 9.
The pair went head to head in Germany last November when Fury pulled off a remarkable points victory to secure the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts.
“What’s changed since becoming world champion? Nothing really, I just get more racial abuse and discrimination. Success equals hatred and jealousy,” Fury, a former Irish and British heavyweight champion, said.
“I’m making money so I don’t really care. You’re either loved or hated, it all equals pound coins in the bank.
“I’m happy to play the pantomime villain as long as I get a big pay cheque with plenty of zeroes on it — happy days.”
Anticipation is also growing around a potential unification fight with Anthony Joshua, who clinched the IBF title on Saturday by beating defending champion Charles Martin at London’s O2 Arena.
Fury dismissed Joshua’s win, claiming the London 2012 gold medallist looked “like a pumped up weightlifter”, and he also revealed Martin’s defeat cost him a wager worth around £37,000.
“I put a seven-fold accumulator on that night and they all won apart from stupid Martin,” Fury said.
“It was a £1,000 accumulator and it would have paid about 37 grand. Everyone won apart from that idiot Martin who didn’t even try.
“The way I see it is that I lost 37 grand but I’ve gained £5m through Joshua winning so happy days.
“I thought he looked like a pumped up weightlifter, out of his mind on drugs,” Fury said of Joshua’s win.
“He fought an American who came to lay down and had about as much fight in him as this glass of water there, zero.”
Fury continued: “The British public is thrilled by bums. You might be brainwashed by a pussy like Eddie Hearn.
“The fight I have to worry about is Wlad because he is 10 times the man of any of them world champions. You don’t hold a belt for 10 years if you’re no good.
“It’s no good talking about these bums until I get past him. Providing I do that I’ll fight all of them. I’ll take on the British first because they’re the easiest. I’ll leave the Americans until afterwards.”
Fury’s team insist their man could be ready to fight Joshua before the end of this year, but more likely is the bout would take place in 2017.
Joshua has 16 knock-outs from 16 professional fights and he is only the third man to win a heavyweight world title while still reigning Olympic champion.
“I hope he fights another 20 times and knocks them all out — the more he can keep building is the more money I get when I fight him,” Fury said.
“It’s about prize fighting so I want him to win all the belts and then fight me.
“He’s got to be in the top 10, I would probably rate him number one actually, he’s certainly the number one money-maker anyway.”
Fury’s team had looked into staging the rematch against Klitschko at a football stadium, including Old Trafford, but the date was too close to the end of the Barclays Premier League season.
Fighting on home turf, however, gives Fury a significant advantage and he is confident he will see off Klitschko again.
“If he doesn’t do something different he is on for another hiding,” Fury said.
“He has to come and try and fight.”
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