Tyson Fury has declared "I’ve suffered from racial abuse my whole life" over his traveller background – and he doesn't think that will ever change.
Fury completed a remarkable turnaround this year after fighting back from depression and addiction issues to become heavyweight world champion for a second time.
Next year it is anticipated he will fight fellow Brit Anthony Joshua, with the winner set to unify the heavyweight belts and be crowned the undisputed world champion.
However, the 31-year-old – nicknamed 'The Gypsy King' – has revealed that yobs still call him "pikey" when they see him out and about.
“I’ve suffered from racial abuse my whole life, even now I still get called a pikey t**t when I drive down the road," Fury said in an interview with the Daily Star.
“I can be jogging down the road and people shout out of their car window, ‘You bloody pikey!’ And then they just drive on. I suffer with it all the time, always have done, always will do.
“Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.”
Fury says he does not find the term “pikey” offensive as it was originally a term used to describe non-travellers.
He added: “People will say, ‘Why don’t you stand up for equality for your own race of people?’
“There’s only one race, and that’s the human race, and I stand up for the human race all the time.”
Fury beat American rival Deontay Wilder in February to take the WBC heavyweight title, branding his opponent a “big dosser”.
He revealed he has also been offered big money by Hollywood bosses for a movie based on his life.
But with a blockbuster clash against Joshua on the horizon, Fury said it's too early to make a biopic as his story is far from finished.
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“My story’s not done," he said. "There’s still a lot more to add to it.
"If the offer is big enough then I’ll have to think about it. But it’s not something I’m really exploring at the moment because I’m still in the middle of my career and at the beginning of my championship reign.”
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