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Published: 09:41 | 13/6/19

Fury charms Las Vegas


Tyson Fury turned on the charm during his final press conference ahead of Saturday's showdown with Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

While he has fought three times in the United States, Saturday's fight, which is live on BT Sport Box Office, will be his first in Las Vegas and the Gypsy King is determined to enjoy himself, entertaining the crowd gathered at the Copperfield Theater.

"I feel like the crowd has warmed to me. Everyone has been very welcoming. The American people, all different types of people, have been coming up to me, people from all over the world here in Vegas," Fury said.

"People who don't speak English, people who don't even watch boxing. It's quite humbling, to be honest. It's a very great experience to be here, Las Vegas, MGM Grand. It's where all the great fights happen. Seeing your face on all the movie screens and posters is great."

Fury is on the comeback trail following a dark period which saw him turn to drink and drugs following his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 and he has made no secret about his mental health problems.

"I talk about mental health a lot because it's very important to me. Only 18 months ago, I was in a very, very dark place," Fury went on.

"I just wanted to prove to people that there is a way back. You can come back from anything. Nothing is impossible, and if you'd seen me a time ago when I was very heavy and very unwell -- I love to inspire people to get better and change their lives as I did mine. And I'm living proof that anyone can change.

"I was down and out. I have my family right here, and even those guys thought I was gone. There was no return for 'They Gypsy King.' No more. He was finished. I dusted myself off, got back on the road, got back mentally well, and me, [trainer] Ben [Davison] and the whole team, we worked very hard for a long time to get to this position."

Fury v Schwarz on Saturday, 15 June is live on BT Sport Box Office. To subscribe www.eirsport.ie/ppv

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