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Beating Wladimir Klitschko was like a curse

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Being the champion was every part Tyson Fury wanted, until it wasn’t.

Fury, the 34-year-old two-time heavyweight boxing champ, opened as much as Ariel Helwani about how defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 was turning point in his life – for the more serious.

“I believe it was a s–t night, to be honest. I believe it was like a curse,” Fury said. “It’s been a reasonably s–tty seven years since. It was a reasonably incredible 27 years resulting in it.”

Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight championship in 2015.Getty Images

Tyson Fury said that his life has been 's--tty' since defeating Wladimir Klitschko.Tyson Fury said that his life has been ‘s–tty’ since defeating Wladimir Klitschko.Getty Images

Helwani was floored. How could that be when Fury had completed every part he’s ever wanted?

“You say I got every part I ever wanted. I never really wanted all the celebrity and all of the hype that comes with being the champion,” Fury responded. “That wasn’t what I used to be about. I got every part I wanted by beating Klitschko – just getting that victory over him. You don’t own your personal life anymore. You possibly can’t go anywhere. You possibly can’t live a traditional life.

“So, it’s not what I wanted. And it’s not an awesome life. It sucks d–k. It’s not good since you don’t have your personal life anymore. I’m stuck where I actually have to be talked to people wherever I’m going. It’s not what I wanted. I didn’t know what I used to be getting myself into, to be fair.”

Tyson Fury during a media work on Nov. 29, 2022 ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora.
Tyson Fury during a media work on Nov. 29, 2022 ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora.

Tyson Fury during a media work on Nov. 29, 2022 ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora.
Tyson Fury during a media work on Nov. 29, 2022 ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora.

Tyson Fury during a media work on Nov. 29, 2022 ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora.
Tyson Fury during a media work on Nov. 29, 2022 ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora.

Tyson Fury during a media work on Nov. 29, 2022 ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora.
Tyson Fury during a media work on Nov. 29, 2022 ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora.

Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko 7 years ago today.

I asked @Tyson_Fury about that night on the show:

“It was like a curse,” he said. “It’s been a reasonably shitty seven years since.”

I most actually was not expecting that answer. pic.twitter.com/QY5XIs0I5a

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 29, 2022

Fury announced his retirement from boxing in April, after defeating Dillian Whyte to retain the WBC heavyweight championship.

Nevertheless, the retirement was short-lived, and Fury will fight Derek Chisora for the third time on Dec. 3 in London. Chisora defeated Fury in 2011, but Fury returned the favor in 2014.

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