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I'm no drugs cheat, insists Fury

ESPN staff
March 18, 2014
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Tyson Fury has insisted he is clean and has invites the British Boxing Board of Control to test him "as often as they like" in the build up to his rematch with Dereck Chisora.

Fury fights Chisora, who he beat on points in 2011, in an eliminator for Wladimir Klitschko's WBO heavyweight title on July 26. Both have agreed for the Boxing Board to oversee tests every three weeks ahead of the bout, which takes place at Manchester Arena.

"I have absolutely no problem with being tested as often as anyone likes as I know I've will not be doing anything wrong," Fury told the Sun. "In heavyweight boxing, we're all strong and we can all punch so being a drug addict will not help you in my opinion, it will only make you worse.

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"This is a fight, not running or endurance, it's not about being the strongest man. If it was, then Arnold Schwarzenegger would be the heavyweight champion of the world 100 times over."

The winner is set to challenge for Wladimir's world title but unbeaten Fury believes, if he comes away victorious, Klitschko will shy away from facing him and he will be left fighting for a vacant title.

"Wlad has done all he can to stay out of my way and he will do so again when I beat Chisora. The simple truth is that he doesn't want to fight me," Fury said. "If that's the case it means I will be fighting for the vacant title at the end of this year when I expect to be crowned world champion."

Fury has also confirmed he will be fighting behind closed doors in preparation for the Chisora clash, after his scheduled appearance at the Copper Box on April 12 was canned.

The date was due to be Fury's second showing of the three-fight contract he recently signed with Frank Warren's Box Nation. However, despite his disappointment, Fury will now invite Carlos Takam for 12 rounds of sparring in order to keep himself ticking over.

"I will not be inactive or waiting around for anyone, dancing to other people's fiddle. It's all about me. You have to be selfish in boxing," Fury told the Manchester Evening News. "I'm very disappointed that I won't be fighting on April 12. I'm not allowed to fight in that and not allowed to have a six or eight rounder anywhere else.

"It's about trying keep me inactive. They want me not to fight and go off the rails, putting weight on and not train properly. I'm ready to fight now and it's sickening that I can't fight.

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"I'm still being paid whether I fight or don't, but I'd rather be fighting and they need every edge they can get. On April 14 or 15 I'll have a gym fight with Takam. We'll do 12 threes and I might have to give him money.

"It will be behind closed doors, it won't be sold to the media. There won't any judges there. We'll go at it and whatever happens in the gym will stay in the gym. He's 6ft 2in and 18 stones so is perfect preparation for Dereck [Chisora]. So I'll be getting a fight in whether they want me to or not."

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