Tyson Fury believes he has become the most popular fighter in the world following his incredible comeback.
The 30-year-old returned from a 32-month absence in June 2018 before earning a stunning draw with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in December.
Up next it’s German heavyweight Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15 – as the ‘Gypsy King’ looks to raise his profile across the pond as part of his lucrative new deal with ESPN.
Fury was warmly received by the Los Angeles crowd during the Wilder fight – which many thought he should’ve won – and the Brit believes he continues to win all the popularity contests.
“I’d say I’m the most popular heavyweight in the world. 100%,” he told talkSPORT.com.
“There’s only one Tyson Fury!” he chants. “Only one.”
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Fury has always proved popular among talkSPORT listeners in our polls – and his promoter Frank Warren believes he has usurped Anthony Joshua as Britain’s favourite boxer.
“If you look at the polls, he was above Anthony Joshua, not only in boxing but in sport.
“talkSPORT did a poll and he came above Anthony Joshua. talkSPORT listeners voted and they put him there, not me, and I believe them.”
Should Fury get past Schwarz, eyes will turn to his next opponent – who he will face on September 28 before another fight in December.
Boxing fans are desperate to see the ‘big three’ face each other – with Wilder, Joshua and Fury all fighting different men in the next month.
But Fury remains focused on the task at hand and warns against underestimating Schwarz.
“I think any heavyweight can pull off anything they want to,” he added.
“Only one fight at a time. If he knocks me out, what can I do?
“I’m not looking past Tom Schwarz and I’ve got no interest in anyone else at the moment. Only Tom Schwarz.”