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Tyson Fury blasts Klitschko again in HBO ‘Real Sports’ appearance

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Tyson Fury (R) out-reaching Wladimir Klitschko on his way to become the RING, IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion. Only one more belt remains: the WBC strap held by American Deontay Wilder. (Photo by Lars Baron - Getty Images)

Tyson Fury (R) out-reaching Wladimir Klitschko on his way to become the RING, IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion (the IBF belt was later stripped). (Photo by Lars Baron – Getty Images)


Tyson Fury continues to wind through his victory lap after dethroning Wladimir Klitschko, appearing on HBO’s “Real Sports” on Tuesday (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), where among other revelations, he tells correspondent David Scott that, “I love getting punched in the face. I love tasting blood,” during a sit-down interview.

The show profiles Fury’s background as an Irish Traveller and recounts as a 14-year-old Fury’s introduction to the sport: He cracked his father’s ribs during a sparring session.

Daddy was proud.

“I wish he’d broke me other ribs as well. And me jaw,” says his father, John, who once served prison time for reportedly gouging out another man’s eyes.

Fury, 27, goes on to discuss the perceived “bigotry focused on his gypsy clan by mainstream society.”

“No matter what I achieve and who I beat or what country I represent, deep down I’ll always ever be a dirty gypo,” says Fury, who is negotiating a rematch with Klitschko later this year, perhaps in May. “Cause every country a Traveller goes to, a gypsy goes to, they’re hated. They’re the most hated race of people on Earth.”

Among some of the other gems uttered by Fury on Tuesday’s program are his immediate feelings after the Klitschko upset in November:

“Ding, ding. I thought, ‘I’ve won the heavyweight championship of the world.’ Hands up straightaway,” he says. “I looked at Wladimir’s face and I could see he knew he’d lost the fight. His face told the story of the fight. He was cut to pieces. There was blood squirting out of him left, right and center. And I never had a mark on me.”

On crooning to his wife in the ring after the fight (where he manages to land another parting shot at Klitschko):

“Serenaded her to the world,” he says. “The Aerosmith song that was used on the film ‘Armageddon,’ where they saved the world. And I saved the world from a boring era of Klitschko.”

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