Tyson Fury is in Thailand but the heavyweight champion definitely isn’t on holiday. He trained at The Box in Bangkok yesterday and was ringside at Rajadamnern last night.
Fury got his first taste of Muay Thai and was at the famous old stadium in Bangkok to see Watcherapon Singmawin stop Nawaek Sor Sommai in the main event. He is known for his sense of humour and the 34 year old wrote that he was,
Feeling like a Thai-riffic champion.
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This is presumably Fury’s first trip to Thailand, there is no record of him ever having visited the county before. He doesn’t currently have a fight booked but has been involved in acrimonious negotiations with prospective opponent Oleksandr Usyk for the best part of a year.
Fury is clearly staying in shape as he worked out at The Box gym in Bangkok during the day. The heavyweight brought his own team with him and appeared to have an not so subtle message for Usyk.
He shared photos of himself working out at The Box along with a caption that read,
Who really wants it? I’m searching for opponents who won’t cower away from the Gypsy King. I welcome them. Always ready.
Fury is speaking at a Gala dinner in Bangkok tonight. The cheapest tickets for that start at 6,000 baht so his trip to Thailand looks set to be a lucrative one.
He will be at another Gala dinner in Phuket tomorrow night and looks set to spend the weekend there, tickets for that event start at 9,000 baht. It will be interesting to see whether Fury continues his training regime throughout his trip or decides to relax and have a little fun.
He has not fought since October as negotiations for the Usyk fight have dragged on and on. There was a lot of speculation that it might take place in Saudi Arabia although Wembley Stadium has also been mooted as a potential venue.
Usyk looks set to face mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois in Poland on August 26th. It means Fury could be sitting on the sidelines for the entire year but the Englishman remains the WBC heavyweight champion and fans who have purchased tickets to see him in Thailand will hope he might shed some light on exactly where and when he will be fighting next.