Fury says money not an is­sue

Irish Examiner - Sport - - BOXING/WORLD OF SPORT -

Tyson Fury has dis­missed sug­ges­tions that money is mo­ti­vat­ing him to fight with Deon­tay Wilder, even though he ide­ally would box again be­fore chal­leng­ing the dan­ger­ous Amer­i­can later this year.

In what will be only the third fight of his come­back and de­spite hav­ing fought just 14 rounds in the pre­vi­ous three years, Fury will travel to Las Ve­gas in Novem­ber to meet the WBC heavy­weight cham­pion.

He eased to vic­tory against Francesco Pianeta at Belfast’s Wind­sor Park on Satur­day night amid clear signs of ring rust, and will only be fight­ing un­der new trainer Ben Davison for just the third time.

In Ve­gas he will be paid the big­gest purse of his ca­reer — sig­nif­i­cantly more than that earned as the manda­tory chal­lenger to Wladimir Kl­itschko — and one that at 30 will mean he never needs to fight again, but he in­sisted: “I’m not go­ing into this for a pay cheque.

“I wouldn’t lose for £100m; you can’t pay any amount of money for me to go to Ve­gas to get sparked out.

“If I didn’t be­lieve I could win I’d pack up and re­tire.

“I don’t box to be sec­ond best or to make the num­bers up, I box to be the best I can be.”

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