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No more Mr Nasty. No more pantomime villain. No more the man behind the mask.

Meet the real Tyson Luke Fury. 

So who exactly would that be? He explains himself.

‘I’m a loving person,’ says the lineal world heavyweight champion. ‘I’m a family man. I’m a caring human.’

Heavyweight Tyson Fury holding court at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Heavyweight Tyson Fury holding court at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Not that he has shaken off the cloak of irony entirely. Sin City usually brings out the worst in people but Fury has found something along this neon strip which makes him feel sufficiently at ease to bare his sentimental soul.

'Everyone thought I wasn't nice,' he says. 'Out here they've accepted me for what I am. There's no pressure to be something I'm not. They only want me to conduct myself the way that makes me happy. To just be myself.

'I don't feel I have to impress anyone.'

With the odd, very special exception. Such as his wife, the mother of their five children. Paris and Tyson have been entwined since they were teenagers 

Fury is fully focused on beating Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday

Fury is fully focused on beating Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday

'She knows me better than I know myself. No other woman would have put up with me for more than half an hour. '

There is hardly a man on the planet with a more macho countenance. Even his struggles with mental illness have been as heroic as the way he rose like Lazarus from the dead after being punched unconscious by Deontay Wilder, to box out a draw with the WBC world champion. 

Yet remind him of how he serenaded her from the centre of the ring in Dusseldorf after defeating Wladimir Klitschko to win his world titles and he smiles. 

‘That is one of the most beautiful moments I have shared with my wife,’ says the giant who will try to continue his climb back to heavyweight contention by beating German opponent Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday.  

'Going through tough times together can do that for a couple. She has stood by me through thick and thin. I haven't been the best husband in the world at times but she's still here. We get on really well.' 

The 6ft 9in Gypsy King has clearly evolved from the traditions of the traveller community

The 6ft 9in Gypsy King has clearly evolved from the traditions of the traveller community

Amid the chaos of bringing up a young, large family they try to spend one date night together every week he is at home.

‘A family man,’ he repeats. ‘A good father, son, brother, uncle, cousin. All those, I try to be.’ And husband. ‘I help Paris with the children all I can.’ 

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