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Tyson Fury: I always knew that I would be heavyweight world champion

Tyson Fury: I always knew that I would be heavyweight world champion

Tyson Fury "always believed" that he would make it to the top of boxing.

The Gypsy King will bid to become the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since 1999 when he takes on Oleksandr Usyk next weekend and he thinks that his success stems from an inner belief that he could be a great in the ring.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Fury said: "I always believed, even when other people didn't, that I would be a star and make millions of dollars from fights.

"I always believed I'd be heavyweight champion, I'm the best fighter in the world. First, you've got to believe, then you've got to achieve."

Fury is confident that he will overcome Usyk in Saudi Arabia to make his childhood ambition a reality.

The WBC world champion said: "From a little boy, I said that and achieved it, so I've got to be one of the rare few people who dreamed something as a child and achieved it as an adult.

"It's been an amazing journey and here we are now, about to be undisputed champion of the world.

"The biggest fight, in the last 25 years, which is an amazing effort."

Fury claimed that he would be a "mug" to underestimate Usyk on May 18 as both boxers put their unbeaten records on the line.

He told Queensberry Promotions: "Oleksandr Usyk's a real bad man and to underestimate Usyk you'd be a mug.

"So I'm training hard for him, I'm doing everything I can.

"I respect Usyk as a man. I respect his career as well - Olympic champion, undisputed cruiserweight champion, unified heavyweight champion. You have to respect that, I'm fighting the real deal."

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