TOMMY FURY insists he is back to ‘training like a nobody’ despite knocking his famous big brother Tyson off the Insta top spot.
The 20-year-old was the most watched boxer in the world this summer without even throwing a punch after starring in ITV2’s reality show Love Island.
His surge to stardom has left him with a staggering 2.9m followers on Instagram which is 800,000 more than his big brother Tyson, the former heavyweight champion of the world.
But despite his new-found fame, the light-heavyweight prospect insists he will be working harder than ever in the gym to emulate his big brother’s success in the ring.
He said: “Now I could sell out the arenas by myself. I’ve got 3 million followers now so it’s not hard for me to sell things.
“But I can’t let it go to my head, and in training camp I can’t start thinking ‘I don’t have to train hard because I can sell it out already’.
“I’ve got to train just like I always have. I’m a nobody because I class myself as a nobody now. Who am I? What have I done to become anybody?
“Tyson is the best heavyweight in the world, the best fighting man there is. That’s some feat. But what have I ever done? I’ve been on a TV show for eight weeks – there’s no comparison.
“Tyson inspires everybody and if I can be half as good as him then I’ll be happy with that.”
Tommy, who is the youngest of six Fury siblings, remains 2-0 after kicking off his professional career in December.
His stint in the famous Majorca villa means he has not boxed since his second outing back in March but the 20-year-old is expected to return to the ring before the year is out.
But if being the younger brother of the planet’s No.1 heavyweight was not enough, he will now be under even more intense scrutiny after winning a legion of new fans through Love Island.
He added: “There was already pressure on me before because of my name. I’ve always had pressure since I first put on a pair of gloves because
when you’re in and around the gyms people will always say: ‘let’s watch that spar, that’s Tyson’s brother in there let’s see what he’s like’.
“I’ve always lived with that pressure and it doesn’t mean anything to me.
“I could never imagine it would be like this when I came out and it’s not something you can ever prepare for.
“In there, it’s overnight fame, you’re known everywhere in the space of two months. You go in, after two months you come out and it’s like you’re the newest member of The Beatles.
Tyson is the best heavyweight in the world, the best fighting man there is. That’s some feat. But what have I ever done? I’ve been on a TV show for eight weeks – there’s no comparison.
“But you’re only in The Beatles for a couple of months until the next season starts so the main thing is after coming out of Love Island is to do things to keep yourself relevant.
“In my case that means going back to boxing because it’s something I love and something I’ve got a passion for.”
Fury was ringside in Las Vegas at the weekend when his 6ft 9in brother came through a gory war to win a unanimous decision over Otto Wallin at the T-Mobile Arena.
But despite the victory, their father John was horrified by the performance and urged Tyson to sack his whole team.
Former pro ‘Gypsy John’ will be calling the shots for his youngest son’s career now with Ricky Hatton expected to continue as his trainer.
The 20-year-old said: “People might try to rush me now because of my profile but I still have a lot to learn about the game.
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“That will happen because I’ve got my dad by my side and no decision will be made without him. He will always know where I’m at with my boxing, what fights I can take and what fights I should take.
“I’ve got far more opportunities from a boxing perspective now. Before I went into Love Island, nobody cared. Even with my surname, I had done nothing as an amateur so nobody cared and I’m well aware of that.
“Now it’s different because the following is there and I’m known quite a lot. Love Island has been a game changer for my boxing career but I just need to keep my feet on the ground and head screwed on.”