Tommy Fury admits he “could not live with himself” if he did not fight for a world title at some point in his career – but acknowledges Saturday’s bout with YouTuber KSI is a long way from that.
Fury said he could “be down the pub all day” and still beat the social media star-turned fighter in their X Series encounter in Manchester.
But he has loftier aspirations to follow in the footsteps of his famous brother Tyson.
“The plan is to get though these YouTube fights, do what I need to do in this sort of scene and I believe I am good enough to win a world title belt,” he told the PA news agency.
“I believe I can do it, I have the right set-up around me so why not give myself a best shot?”
While Fury, who sprung to huge fame in 2019 reality show Love Island, comes from a fighting family KSI made his name on YouTube and, as part of the showbiz nature of the event, will wear a £40,000 gumshield.
The Manchester-born Fury has dismissed his opponent’s credentials.
“These guys don’t really call for me to step up to world title ability. I’m levels above these guys,” added the 24-year-old.
On KSI’s expensive mouthguard, he added: “He’s going to need £200 grand around his mouth by the time I have finished with him.
“It will be a lucky night for someone when they catch it in the crowd.”
American MMA fighter Dillon Danis, making his boxing debut, has refused to back down in his online vendetta against opponent Logan Paul’s fiancee, which has resulted in Nina Agdal lodging a lawsuit against him.
“It is years of me and the Pauls going back and forth. I don’t take anything personal, it’s just business. I don’t care about the guy or his w***e fiancee,” said Danis, who has sparred with one of MMA’s biggest names Conor McGregor and did not rule out the Irishman being ringside at the weekend.