Tyson Fury began his bid to warm himself to the Mexican fans ahead of their Independence Day celebrations with a Latin touch to kick off fight week in Las Vegas.
Fury faces unbeaten Swede Otto Wallin this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Gypsy King came out for his open workout at the MGM Grand hotel wearing a Mexican wrestling mask as traditional Latin music blasted out.
Boxing on Mexican Independence weekend has become a big tradition in the sport dating back to when Julio Cesar Chavez kick started it off against Pernell Whitaker in 1993.
Oscar De La Hoya took the torch before American Floyd Mayweather Jnr gate crashed the weekend date and made it his own in the fight capital of the world as it helped boost his gate receipts and pay-per-view numbers.
Since Mayweather’s retirement, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has returned it to a more traditional affair but he opted out of a September 14 date at the T-Mobile this year after delays in finding an opponent.
Fury’s promoters Top Rank swooped to take the venue and, although it is a British fighter facing a Swede, they’re hoping to attract big crowds this weekend.
The Gypsy King was certainly lapping up the Latin feel as he came out for a customary open workout with friend and team member Timothy Allcock waving a Mexican flag.
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Fury sported a Lucha Libre, a traditional Mexican wrestling mask, as he went through the workout before changing it for a headband in the colour of the Central American country’s flag.
The Brit has taken on the Spanish moniker of El Rey de los Gitanos – the King of the Gypsies – for the week too it seems.
“I’m honoured to be fighting on this weekend,” said Fury.
Swedish heavyweight Wallin had earlier gone through the paces in the ring set up by the side of the MGM Grand’s casino.
Wallin wore a T-shirt with the slogan “All-in Wallin” as he prepares his bid to upset the heavy favourite in Fury.
It would be one of the biggest outsider wins in the gambling mecca if Wallin, who twice faced Fury’s compatriot Anthony Joshua as an amateur, pulled it off.
“People will see I am here to win and will do everything I can to do it,” said Wallin.
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