‘I brought my fight forward with Otto Walllin for Mexican fight fans’: Tyson Fury fills coveted Sin City fight night on Independence Day weekend
- Fury has filled the slot held annually on Mexican Independence Day weekend
- The Brit has vowed not to underestimate Wallin in Las Vegas on Saturday night
- Wallin, 28, has 20 wins from 20 fights but Fury is the overwhelming favourite
Tyson Fury brought forward the defence of his lineal world heavyweight title to this Saturday night so that thousands of Mexicans flocking here would not be robbed of the big Sin City fight which is a traditional part of Independence Day weekend.
Fury says of his meeting with little-known Swedish heavyweight Otto Walllin: ‘This fight was scheduled for mid-October in New York which would have suited me better. But I moved it up a few weeks so that the Mexican people would not be disappointed by not having big boxing on this date for the first time in a long time.
Tyson Fury is championing Mexico throughout the build up to his outing in the T-Mobile Arena
‘Their man Canelo Alvarez was supposed to be boxing for them this Saturday but for some reason that didn’t happen. So I took the date and I am proud to do so.
‘And isn’t it great that a total outsider is showing so much love, passion and respect for the Mexican people at this time when they are being oppressed by people here who are building a wall, chucking them out and treating them terrible?
‘Every Mexican person I’ve met has shown me love, honour and respect. They are God-fearing people and it feels nice that a stranger who is heavyweight champion of the world has come here to pay homage to their beliefs and their national day.’
Fury, 31, takes on Otto Wallin on Saturday night, filling the coveted Sin City fight night
As a prominent member of the traveller community, Fury adds: ‘I know 100 per cent what it’s like to treated as outsider. I’ve grown up with that.’
Fury is championing Mexico throughout the build up to his outing in the T-Mobile Arena, even though he openly admits:
‘At first I thought they were celebrating independence from America but I’ve been given a little educating information that it’s independence from Spain.’
Unabashed, he wore a white example of the masks worn by Mexico’s lucha-libre wrestlers when he turned up for a final public work-out in a ring erected on the casino floor at the MGM Grand.
Tyson Fury was in a playful mood as he answered questions ahead of his fight on Saturday
He says: ‘We also have Mexicans on our team like a trainer, Jorge, We have a lot of Mexican influence around us and we respect all cultures and religions and all walks of life.
‘As well as the mask I’ve got Mexican shorts, Mexican gloves, Mexican music playing and the Mexican flag waving. I don’t know how much more respect I can show.’
Saturday’s winner will receive the WBC’s new Mayan belt – a tribute to Mexican history – and Fury insists: ‘I’m looking forward to this belt more than any of the 16 or 17 belts I’ve won. I’m more excited by this than the world titles I’ve because this is the now in my life.’
*Fury v Walllin will be televised live late this Saturday night on BT Sport Box Office.
The Brit found it difficult to be serious as he joked around with opponent Otto Wallin