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Tyson Fury talks road to fitness as he prepares for Deontay Wilder

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Fury says his own wife thought he was too fat to make a return to boxing.

Tyson Fury Media Workout Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

Tyson Fury is expected to have his work cut out for him when he takes on WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on December 1. So leading into that fight Fury has been training out of Abel Sanchez’s gym in Big Bear, California — popular for its seclusion and high altitude.

Fury spoke to Brendan Schaub about his training and what it’s been like.

“I’ve been training up there for two weeks and feeling like dogshit every day. I feel like I can’t do five rounds up there, ‘cause I can’t breathe. So we wanted to see if I’m fit or if I’m not. I’ve come down here today and I’ve done 12 rounds at like at lightweight pace, and I smashed it. So I’m fit.”

Fury then touched on his road back to boxing after a two-year hiatus, and the former unified champion says even his wife at one point told him that he was too big to make a comeback to boxing and explained how he, at least in part, got that way.

“I called me wife, I said to me wife, ‘I’m coming back [to boxing].’” “She said ‘No, you’re not. You’re too fat.’”

“I was 400 pounds and counting. 400! I’m stood here today at 259, 260 pounds. Like, in England, we have pints of beer. It’s like a big thing and I would just drink 20 of them, four or five times a week.”

“I’ve been out for a while and everyone thinks these other guys, they’re the best now and whatever, and I’m a finished job. But I’m here to prove ‘em wrong.”

Fury will have his chance to do just that in one month’s time at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.