TYSON FURY has likened himself to X-Men’s Professor X, insisting rival Deontay Wilder’s mind games won’t work ahead of Saturday’s trilogy fight in Las Vegas.
The Brit meets Wilder for the third and possibly final time at the T-Mobile Arena.
Fury says he’s not bothered if his rival talks and says the mind games don’t work on him – likening himself to Professor X, who could read and control the minds of others.
He told Sky Sports: “I keep my own business to myself and I don’t really care what that big dosser does, nothing.
“I don’t care what he does. If he talks or he doesn’t. It doesn’t make any difference to me.
“Mind games don’t work with me anyway.
“I’m like Professor X without the wheels.”
The pair first met back in 2018, but the fight ended in a draw.
Fury won the 2020 rematch convincingly in round eight to strip Wilder of his WBC heavyweight title.
Wilder has since accused Fury of cheating in their second fight, saying he tampered with his gloves to put his fist in an improper position.
He also believes that Fury put a hard object inside his gloves to deal more damage with each punch.
The next strange claim was that his water was spiked, potentially by his co-trainer at the time Mark Breland.
And then he blamed fatigue due to the weight of his ring walk costume.
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The American also accused and fired Breland for disloyalty after he threw in the towel to end the fight.
And Wilder sticks by his wild claims, doubling down ahead of the fight saying Fury is ‘coming up with a masterplan to cheat again’.
Fury’s dad John has advised Wilder to take a leaf out of former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s book.
Joshua was gracious in defeat when he lost his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles to Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in late September.
John said: “I got asked about Wilder being like AJ.
“You could never compare the two men. AJ had dignity in defeat, he knows what’s gone wrong and he’s trying to put it right and he will do.
“The other one’s in total denial and has been talking absolute rubbish for the last two years.
“He’s still talking rubbish and that’s what puts me off him as a fighter and that’s why in my opinion he cannot improve because of his mindset.
“Tyson will know when to fight and when to box and I don’t think Wilder has the intelligence to cope with that on any level at all. Not knocking him it’s just the character he’s shown to me in defeat.
“How can you learn in defeat when you carry on like that?
“The American people love Tyson and I love the American people but I like men amongst men, I like men to be men.
You could never compare the two men. AJ had dignity in defeat, he knows what’s gone wrong and he’s trying to put it right and he will do.
“I don’t want them to be like spoilt children in defeat. I admire men in defeat with dignity.
“Look at Manny Pacquiao the other day. You didn’t see him doing that, blaming his costume, blaming his team, slandering world champions, giving professional people a bad name. You can’t do that, it’s defamation of character.
“Like I said before I would have had him in court, he would never have got a second fight but that’s politics and that’s out of my hands and like I said, I’ve got no control over it at all.”
Fury insists he doesn’t care if he wins by an inch or a mile on Saturday as long as he gets the job done.
Fury added: “I don’t think it matters, what he does, because it’s not about him, it’s about me, what I do.
“It wouldn’t matter if he ran around the ring in a circle, if he comes forward throwing bombs.
“It doesn’t make any difference. When we’re in there, I’ll adjust to whatever it is on the night and what he’s going to do.
“Winning is winning. An inch or a mile. I’ll take a knockout or I’ll take a points victory.
“It doesn’t matter, as long as you get the win, you move on to the next one.”