Tyson Fury is still looking for a fight with UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez - though he has at last admitted he wouldn’t have a chance of winning the fight under MMA rules.
“I meant it when I challenged Cain Velazquez (the UFC champion) and I hope that will take place, too, although he knows that would have to be an agreed form of upright fighting, without the wrestling on the floor,” he said in an interview to promote his September 28 heavyweight boxing fight with David Haye.
Interestingly, Fury has also signed for a fight on October 25 - but it will be kickboxing rather than MMA. The fight is set to take place in Romania, which suggests it will probably be under the SuperKombat banner.
Fury is based in Belgium and the Netherlands for much of the time. Being of Irish Traveller stock he finds continental Europe a quieter life, away from the many distractions and feuds which he could easily encounter in the UK and Ireland.
While in the Netherlands, Fury has trained at the SuperPro gym alongside top-name kickboxers such as Rico Verhoeven and Daniel Ghita. He claims he has done some kickboxing training with them alongside his boxing regimen.
“Where we are in Belgium is kick-boxing country and my sponsor loves that as well as boxing. He asked if I would do this and I’m delighted. I’ve been boxing since I could walk but now I’ve got a new challenge. I enjoy new challenges. They keep me excited,” Fury says.
“I’m not only a boxer but a fighting man by birth and instinct. I’m also an amazing athlete for such a big man. Very mobile. Light on my feet. Agile. Flexible. I could be a success at any kind of physical combat.
“I’ve been to Bucharest and it’s a terrific city. I’ve had fun times there and I’m looking forward to going back as the star of a big show.”
Interesting tidbit - Fury is sponsored by a caffeinated water company called Liquid. The company will be flying him to and from Europe in a private jet for the Haye fight and will also be supplying Rolls Royce Phantoms as the official transport for his camp.