Tyson Fury has ruled out emulating Claressa Shields by switching from boxing to MMA, despite training with legendary Nick Diaz.
Defending WBC and Ring Magazine champion Fury remains one of the most intriguing characters in combat sports and thrilled fans in 2019 when he teased a sport change and joked that he was training with Conor McGregor.
Although “The Gypsy King” went on to train with British icon Darren Till in 2019, he has remained constantly dedicated to the art of pugilism and left speculation about his future to roar.
Unlike Fury, two-time Olympic and multi-weight world champion Claressa Shields made the switch and successfully defeated Brittney Elkins on her Professional Fighting League debut.
However, speaking to talkSPORT after his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder was confirmed, the 32-year-old insisted he had no interest in moving to the Octagon – despite training with Diaz in Miami. .
“No, I have no interest in tackling the ground and all that stuff,” he told talkSPORT.
“I’m a standing fighter, I don’t fight up and down, grab my arms and sit on top of each other and all that.
“I’m not interested in all of this; I love to stand up and fight, would I ever compete as an MMA fighter? Surely not!
“Would I be competing with little gloves in a cage in a fight?” Yes. But no gripping and grappling.
“The noble art of standing and what men have been doing for centuries; I don’t see any noble science in the top-down struggle of the ground.
“I don’t disrespect any of those guys doing this, but that’s not my best interest. Nothing that I would ever want to do.
“In my world, when a man falls, you step back and let him rise because you don’t want a boulder or a fall to ruin your victory.
“I’m not going to let somebody say, ‘I tripped and he beat me that way. “I want him to get up and fight fair.
“When a man falls you come in and give him a count of ten and let him fight if you can. This is how we fight, this is how it has been for thousands of years.
Fury insists he is “ready for war” as he prepares for his trilogy fight with Wilder after a legal obligation derailed his plans to take on Anthony Joshua.
The 32-year-old appeared set to embark on an all-British heavyweight showdown against Joshua in Saudi Arabia this summer, but insisted he was not taken aback by the fight having collapsed .
“We’re here and just hope Deontay Wilder wants to fight to be honest, he’s talked a lot and I’m ready for a war,” Fury told talkSPORT’s Adam Catterall and Gareth A. Davies.
“If he wants a pitch today, he can have it. I’m going to smash his face. “I’m in a good mood for Deontay Wilder today – I’ll tell you.”