Ronnie O’Sullivan considers himself similar to Tyson Fury as both have “never dodged anyone” during their successful careers.
Boxers are often accused of picking their opponents, however, Fury faced Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder on his way to becoming the two-time heavyweight world champion.
The snooker star, who has been a six-time world champion, considers the “Gypsy King” to be the standard bearer when it comes to taking on any opponent and believes that this is where the two are similar.
“I would like to think I’m in a sport where I don’t dodge people. I played the best at their best, they played me at my best, ”said O’Sullivan.
“It’s one of the sports, a bit like golf and tennis, where you have to play the opponent.
“For some other sports, they don’t test themselves against the best for some reason. Look, I like to think that I have faced all comers in my career.
“There are a few sports like that, not just Formula 1. In boxing, you have someone like [Tyson] Fury who fights anyone, then you get other fighters who refuse to fight some fighters.
“I like to think I’m a Fury, I never dodged anyone, I never dodged a challenge, I got up off the ground and fought even when I didn’t feel like fighting. .
“You see a lot of boxers fighting people when they’re past their best or making excuses as to why the fight can’t take place,” he added. “You lose respect for these types of people.
“While your Mexicans, your all-time greats, Marvin Haglers, Sugar Ray Leonards, Lennox Lewis, they’re all-time greats because they fought the best when they were at their best.”
“The Rocket” is currently competing in the 2021 UK Snooker Championship in York, where he qualifies for the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Fury is looking to find an opponent for his next fight, which is set to take place in February 2022 after beating Wilder in October.