Tyson Fury doubts his own trainer Ben Davison believed he could beat Deontay Wilder last December, the Gypsy King told talkSPORT.
The heavyweights are on course for a February 2020 rematch after the controversial 2018 draw, which many felt should have been scored in the Brit’s favour.
Heading into the bout, Fury was a sizeable underdog, having only recently returned against low level opposition following a long period out of the ring in which he had been abusing his body and endured mental health issues.
Fury explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “What it was with their team, the whole team, [manager] Al Haymon, [promoter] Lou DiBella, the trainers, him, his management, everybody – they thought they were taking someone who was coming for a pay cheque.
“Because I made them believe I was turning up for the money, that I had no ambition anymore.
“I was fat as a pig and I’d just come off a two-and-a-half year layoff and lost ten stone, had suicidal thoughts.”
The ruse seemingly worked so well however, that it even got to those in Fury’s own family.
The 31-year-old also believes that his own trainer Ben Davison didn’t have full faith that he would emerge victorious.
Fury continued: “I never doubt myself but the people who always believed in me my whole career, they all doubted me.
“Every single one of them including my dad, my brothers, my wife, everybody.
“I don’t even believe me own trainer thought I was gonna win that fight.
“My dad didn’t speak to me for five weeks in training camp. He would not talk to me because he was dead certain I was getting knocked spark out.
“And he said, ‘No matter what you’re getting paid, it ain’t worth it to be in a wheelchair, son.’”