Tyson Fury says he hopes to inspire people as he prepares for his Las Vegas debut against German underdog Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand.
The towering British heavyweight makes his first appearance since an astonishing scrap with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles at the end of 2018, when he survived two knockdowns to almost win the WBC title.
Despite winning all 24 of his professional fights, the inexperienced Schwarz is expected to put up little resistance against an opponent renowned for his ring savviness.
The encounter is the latest test on Fury’s comeback trail following a troubled period outside of the sport that almost saw him quit boxing.
Fury has been impressed with the reception he has received in Sin City, saying: “The crowd have warmed to me and everybody’s been very welcoming.
“You meet all different types of people from all over the world in Vegas. I’m surprised, actually – people who don’t speak English, who probably don’t even watch sports are coming over, taking photographs and wanting to talk to me.
“It’s quite humbling. It’s a very great experience to be here at the Las Vegas MGM Grand, where all the big fights happen.
“Seeing your face up on all the movie screens and posters is great. It’s what I was born to do. The fight with Wilder only helped with my profile in the US and here we are, back again.”
Discussing his desire to support fans, Fury said: “My calling is to help people around the world who are struggling – depressed people, down and out people who think there’s no way back.
“I want to prove to them that there is a way back. All they’ve got to do is reach for it. I am living the dream. That’s why I’m so happy all the time and so positive.
“I am one of the only people I know who can say I’m living what I wanted to do. I’m taking life one day at a time and as it comes.”
Fury did not fight for almost three years following his daring 2015 win over Wladimir Klitschko to secure a string of heavyweight titles.
Tonight Fury will take on the 25-year-old in the early hours of the morning UK time as part of a deal with American broadcasting giant ESPN.
What TV channel is Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz on?
The Gypsy King’s meeting with the rising German star is available on BT Sport Box Office.
Fans can buy the fight for £19.95 on BT TV, Sky, Virgin TV or via the BT Sport Box Office app or website.
BT TV subscribers who have previously watched BT Sport Box Office can pay using their remote control.
Those with BT Sport on Sky can pay using their remote control if they have watched BT Sport Box Office previously.
Non-BT customers can pay online at bt.com/sportboxoffice or on their remote if they have accessed BT Sport Box Office before.
Viewers on Virgin TV can order the Fight Night by visiting the On Demand section and choosing Live Events.
Boxing fans on the move can also watch the fight on the BT Sport Box Office app or online by visiting bt.com/sportboxoffice and following the instructions to subscribe.
With the app downloaded, buyers can stream on a big screen using either Google Chromecast or Apple Airplay.
In the Republic of Ireland, BT Sport Box Office can be purchased with Eir Sport.