Tyson Fury claims that training for his WWE debut is far more physically taxing than boxing, as he prepares to face Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia.
In a move that has everyone talking, undefeated heavyweight Fury is making a move into the world of professional wrestling on the WWE's 'Crown Jewell' show in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night.
While he insists he will return to boxing for a rematch with Deontay Wilder, Fury has also hinted that he could also make a foray into mixed martial arts as he possibly sees a definitive end to his boxing career over the next couple of years.
While training for his wrestling debut, Fury has said that it has been much harder on his body than boxing with there being far more impact, even in training.
"It's very taxing on the body. Very hard work," he was quoted as saying in the Independent. "There's a lot of impact to the human body which is different to boxing because you don't really take any impact when you're boxing, well at least I don't. The cut was my first one in 10 years.
"I don't take any impact in boxing, but wrestling you take impact every day getting power-slammed suplexed, everything you can think of. I've been getting chucked out of the ring too. It's all just impact, impact, impact. It is painful to say the least."
Fury focused on being unbeaten
Fury says he is not worried about losing his unbeaten record when he makes his professional wrestling debut in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
Undefeated heavyweight Fury has won 29 and drawn one of his 30 fights in the boxing ring, and the 31-year-old insists he will not be beaten in his latest fight.
Asked if he was worried about losing his undefeated record at the pre-fight press conference in Riyadh, Fury said: "Definitely not.
"I'm undefeated 30 and 0 as a professional, it's going to be a good fight and I'm looking forward to it. Braun is the biggest man I've ever faced.
"It's good to fight somebody who's looking at me eye to eye and we're going to put on a real spectacle for the fans. It's going to be a great night."
Fury had a slight limp as he walked on to the stage in Riyadh, the result of Strowman taking a shot at him as he trained at the WWE Performance Center last week.
But he said: "I'm good. I'm 100 per cent, I never make any excuses. I'll be ready for the night, don't worry about that.
"This is a fantastic stadium and I'm ready to put on a show tomorrow night."
Strowman denied that he had taken a cheap shot at Fury in the build-up to their fight.
"I wouldn't necessarily call it a cheap shot," said the 6ft 8ins Strowman. "It was more of a 'open your eyes Tyson Fury'.
"I told you that you were stepping into my ring, into my world, and you just got a bit of a taste of what's going to happen to you at Crown Jewel.
"This is an opportunity for me to show the world what I'm capable of doing. Stay tuned, Tyson Fury is going to get these hands."