Tyson Fury has spoken of how his wife Paris hates seeing him take to the ring for fights during which he ‘[could] be killed’ and how she struggles seeing him take ‘danger money’ to accept those fights.
Fury – who is the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion – is set for a fight against UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on October 28, and isn’t oblivious to the effect that his fighting career has on his family.
Tyson and Paris have six children together and are expecting a seventh very soon, and Paris has spoken with her husband about walking away from the sport in the past - something that was documented in their recent Netflix series, At Home with the Furys.
The 35-year-old boxer admits that he’d be a ‘nervous wreck’ if he saw his wife taking her life in her hands repeatedly, and understands the struggles that she goes through when he goes through the ropes.
Speaking to Mail Sport, Fury said: “It must be horrible knowing your husband can be killed in a fight and you've got six kids, seven in a minute, to look after on your own.
“That's got to be nerve wracking. If Paris was going into something and I knew she could die at any moment in time, I would be nervous too.
“So, pretty daunting task looking death right between the two eyes every time you climb into a boxing ring.
“But it's something we get on with. I earn a lot of money. I get danger money and I am well paid for it.
“We know the risk going in and it is what it is. Nobody wants me to box anymore in my family. I've got too much to lose.
“But, it's something I like to do so the ball keeps rolling.”
After Fury was knocked to the canvas twice in a fight against power puncher Deontay Wilder, Paris cried for hours afterwards.
The pair have discussed his retirement in the past, and Paris hopes it will come sooner rather than later.
That’s a decision that Tyson is constantly battling with, too.
He continued: “I don't know you know. It's no secret that my mind changes like the wind or the weather, in the UK anyway.
“One minute I am here and the next minute I am retired. Who knows?
“But, one thing I do know is enjoy it while you can because there will never be another Tyson Fury ever.
“Never has been one before me and there never will be one after me.”
In the meantime, Tyson will be turning all of his focus onto another big hitter, ex-MMA champ Ngannou.
The fight – which many have criticised as a sideshow to genuine heavyweight boxing clashes – takes place on October 28 in Saudi Arabia, and Tyson will have to have his wits about him, exhibition or not.
Ngannou currently holds the record for the hardest punch ever recorded, but it remains to be seen whether that can translate into the boxing ring, particularly against someone of Fury’s undoubted ring intelligence.
One thing is for sure – it will be a nervous night for everyone else in the Fury household.
But, it was always going to be.
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