Tyson Fury Had a Comical Answer About Why He Doesn’t Care About His Legacy

The British boxer's focus ahead of a crucial fight is on himself.
Oct 9, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Tyson Fury.
Oct 9, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Tyson Fury. / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

For all intents and purposes, British boxer Tyson Fury's legacy is settled.

He has held the WBC heavyweight title for four years now, first grabbing hold in Feb. 2020. The 35-year-old has forged an iconic rivalry with American Deontay Wilder, and remains high in various publications' pound-for-pound rankings.

On Saturday, he is set to meet Ukrainian fighter Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title in Riyadh. Asked by Sports Illustrated about his legacy ahead of the fight, Fury insisted it didn't matter to him.

"I'm not interested in anybody else. I don't wanna be rated against anybody else. Going down in history is not very relevant to me," Fury said. "What happens in 60 years is none of my interest. What people say, think or care about is none of my interest."

Fury's focus, he declared, is on himself as he approaches his first fight since beating Francis Ngannou by split decision on Oct. 28.

"I'm here to get paid, get laid, and get out of here," he quipped. "That's all I'm interested in. Providing for me family, paying me bills, looking after me wife, and having a nice peaceful life."

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