Oleksandr Usyk has explained he feels no hostility towards Tyson Fury, despite ‘The Gypsy King’s’ various insults.
The pair have already signed to fight for the undisputed heavyweight world titles and the bout is expected to take place in February next year.
In the build-up to the fight, Fury has thrown every jibe in the book at Usyk, calling him ‘gappy-teethed’, a ‘little rat b*****d’ and a ‘bog-eyed bum’ among many others.
“But look, for a guy who was raised in a village with Usyk [meaning little moustache] as a last name and with a gap between my front teeth, I heard so many insults about myself that at some point I started flipping them over and making them my achievements.”
Usyk continued, talking about Fury, as he said: “I love this incredible person.
“As a human being I feel no hostility towards him. I simply love people including Tyson Fury.”
In the interview, Usyk also addressed the significant size difference that he will have to overcome in his clash with Fury.
‘The Gypsy King’ stands at 6ft 9in tall and usually weighs-in around 270lbs, while Usyk is 6ft 3in and registers about 220lbs on the scales.
But, the Ukrainian believes his desire will be the deciding factor in his upcoming undisputed world title fight.
“[Fury] is big, complicated, strong, but I am slightly smaller and I have an incredible motivation and I am hungry for boxing.
“I’m not motivated by money, I’m not motivated by things of today, I don’t care about material things.
“I care for the path I follow, I have chased this for 20 years.”