TYSON FURY insists he will play Russian roulette with his legacy tonight by going toe-to-toe with Dillian Whyte.
The former sparring partners, who bonded in 2012 when the 33-year-old Brixton Body Snatcher was drafted in to Team Fury as a training partner and lived alongside his family in a Traveller site in Warrington, collide in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley.
The undefeated 6ft, 9in WBC heavyweight champion – and former WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder – insists this is his last dance.
But instead of using his freakishly fast feet, long arms and quick brain to run away from the 34-year-old and into a well earned retirement, he will defy his fearsome father and go out all guns blazing.
Fury said ahead of his fight with Whyte: “He’s a dangerous customer. I know everything about him. Slow feet, decent enough hands. Good counter left hook but he’s a big heavyweight, he’s 6ft 3 and heavy.
“He’s no pushover. Unfortunately as soon as I crack him with this right hand, I will knock him out.
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“He’s fighting the best there ever was in this division. He will get knocked out. That’s a promise.
“I ain’t going in there to play with him, the old Tyson Fury saying ‘You can’t hit me, jab, jab, jab’. I don’t do that any more. That’s gone.
“My dad doesn’t like the new style, he hates it. He says ‘You’ve got the ability to make these men look like bums’ and I told him ‘That don’t sell PPVs, people want to see a knockout’.
“I will gun sling with him, no problem. I know I can win because he ain’t got balls, chin or heart like I have, It’s not really fair for them.
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“When they get hit they go down and stay down, when I go down I get back up and they think ‘I’m f***** now, I’m dead’.
“I like the new style, it’s either s*** or bust every time.Russian roulette, him or me. But I’m 6ft 9in, 20 stone and with the heart of a lion.
“I used to take no punishment in all my fights. In the last three fights with Deontay Wilder I’ve taken more punishment than in my whole career.
“I think ‘how the f*** do these guys do this day in and day out?’ It is nuts, only an idiot would want to do it but I suppose I’m not the sharpest tool in the box.”