The Sound and the Fury
Listening to Fury talk about God is one thing. Hearing him call Klitschko “a devil-worshipper” is another…
“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”—Confucius
You’ve got to hand it to Tyson Fury. He’s managed to convince some people that he’s a breath of fresh air. But one man’s fresh air is another man’s hot air and Fury, for all his pontificating, might be hopelessly flawed.
With the heavyweight championship fight between Fury and Klitchko fast approaching, he has taken to the limelight the way a fish takes to water. Fury revels in being the center of attention. He delights in being outrageous. There’s no telling what is staged and what is genuine, but he appears to say whatever pops into his head, no matter how true or false, no matter how inspired or insipid.
In an exclusive interview with The Mail, Fury dug into his bag of tricks so that he might share his deepest thoughts.
The article opens with these words, “Tyson Fury is sitting on a sofa in his hotel room. His bed is unmade. A pillow lies on the floor. An empty water bottle sits on the table. Apart from that, the room is bare. The conversation has just started and Fury is talking in a stream of consciousness, fast and freely. Things turn dark very, very quickly.”
That things turned dark, at whatever speed, is ironic because Fury wanted to talk about the light.
“We live in an evil world,” he said. “The devil is very strong at the minute, very strong, and I believe the end is near. The bible tells me the end is near. The world tells me the end is near. Just a short few years, I reckon, away from being finished.
“Abusing the planet, the wars in the Middle East, the famines, the earthquakes, the natural disasters, all these things are talked about 2000 years ago before they even happened. Prophesized. So now it’s all coming true.”
There’s little doubt that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. Fury’s examples are good ones and he might have stopped there. But stopping there is anathema to Tyson Fury.
“There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home,” continued Fury. “One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion, and the other one’s pedophilia. Who would have thought in the 50s and 60s that those first two would be legalized?
“When I say pedophiles can be made legal, that sounds like crazy talk doesn’t it? But back in the 50s and early 60s, for them first two to be made legal would have been looked on as a crazy man again. If I would have told you 120 years ago, that a 1000-ton aeroplane is going to float through the sky, a piece of steel — ludicrous.
“When Christopher Columbus said the world was round, he’s an idiot. All these things that happen in the world, wise men already know they’re going to happen and they see what they really are.
“Foolish people follow the system, get caught up in media news, what the government wants you to believe and all the higher powers want you to believe and go down the same path as all the sheep in the cattle market.”
Many thought Fury singing Danny Boy was as extreme as it was going to get.
Perhaps it’s time to think again.
“This is a funny world we live in and an evil world,” said Fury. “People can say, ‘Oh, you are against abortions, you are against pedophilia, you are against homosexuality, you’re against whatever,’ but my faith and my culture is all based on the bible. The bible was written a long time ago, from the beginning of time until now, and if I follow that and it tells me it’s wrong, then it’s wrong for me. That’s just my opinion.”
I’m not sure the bible was written at the beginning of time, but why quibble. Fury is less concerned with facts than faith, less concerned with questioning than dead certainty.
“When you see a man who is filled up with God, you think he’s round the bend. When a man’s highly spirited for the Lord, you think, ‘This guy’s lost his marbles, he’s a nutcase.’ If ever you want to get rid of somebody you don’t want to talk to, just mention God. They’re out of there.
“You can say, ‘You are against abortions, you are against pedophilia, you are against homosexuality,’ but my faith and my culture is based on the Bible…and if I follow that and it tells me it’s wrong, then it’s wrong for me.
“Darkness doesn’t want to hear about the light. Evil don’t want to hear about goodness. That’s my job: to spread the word. Look at me, how happy I am. I am overflowing with happiness and joy for God. I am in a beautiful place at the moment.”
I rather hear Fury talk about boxing—and he was about to oblige, albeit in a roundabout way.
“Goliath was a champion,” he said, “a monster who had never been beaten, and then this young guy, David, came forward, a child who believed in God and did it. God gave him the power. What was right will always prevail over wrong. Good will always prevail over evil. I see that in me versus Klitschko. To be honest with you, I know Klitschko is a devil-worshipper. They are involved in bigger circles and stuff like that and they do magic tricks and whatever. You can go on YouTube and watch them playing with magic.”
Listening to Fury talk about God is one thing. Hearing him call Klitschko a “devil-worshipper” is another.
“All these rock stars and singers and these famous people, it is common knowledge that they are all involved in an occult group of Satan-worshippers and all that sort of stuff. A man who does evil things and worships an evil one, how can he win over a man who wants to do good things and preach good stuff?
“It ain’t going to happen. He can’t beat me now. Now I know what he is — a devil-worshipper — I know he has no chance of beating me. God will not let him defeat me.”