TYSON FURY stole the show at his first ever press conference in the Las Vegas desert.
At a giant theatre inside the MGM, the master showman turned up the heat as he came face-to-face with Tom Schwarz on Wednesday night – by complimenting him on his boyish good looks.
5 Tyson Fury turned on the charm as he claimed he was just a normal man who has proved dreams come true ahead of his fight with Tom SchwarzCredit: Getty Images – Getty
5 Showman Tyson Fury insisted Saturday will be the biggest fight of his lifeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
5 Unbeaten Brit Tyson Fury says it is humbling to be feted by fight fans in Las VegasCredit: Getty Images – Getty
He even puckered up and pretended to plant a kiss on the undefeated German who he will fight next door at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.
Fury famously vowed to never set foot in Sin City before he was here to fight and he gets his wish at the weekend.
And, dressed in a suit emblazoned with pictures of bare-knuckle boxing champions, the Gypsy King took over the stage usually reserved for master magician David Copperfield.
During the promotion for what is the first fight on a megabucks 30-month deal with ESPN, he has hoped to cast a spell over the American boxing public.
Many have fallen in love with the story of his journey from suicidal thoughts to top of the bill here in Vegas.
Fury, who decided not to bother with a shirt under his custom-made suit, said: “I'm enjoying it, always, of course I am.“When you look like this why can you not enjoy yourself?
"The crowd have warmed to me. American people are coming up to me in the street looking to talk and get pictures.
'SURPRISED AND HUMBLED'
"I'm actually quite surprised. It is quite humbling.
"Here we are in Las Vegas, MGM Grand, all the big fights happen here, seeing your face up on all the movie screens around the Strip is incredible.
"The fight with Deontay Wilder helped with my profile in the US but now this is the biggest fight of my life.
“I got a good reception from the Las Vegas people. It has been fantastic.
“I'm here to put on a show and I'm the newest show in town. I'm the hottest show in town – literally.”
Fury remains on a crusade to raise awareness of the mental health problems which drove him to drink and drug abuse following his famous 2015 victory over Wladimir Klitschko.
He added: “I wanted to prove to people that there is a way back.
"I look to inspire people to better their lives. If I can do it then anyone can as I am just a normal bloke.
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"Why am I in Las Vegas fighting? I want to help. I want to help people reach for something.
"I was down and out. Even my family thought I was finished but I dusted myself off and got back on the road.
"I have been heavyweight champion of the world, I've come back from nothing. Everything I do now is a bonus."
Tyson Fury takes on Tom Schwarz live on BT Sport Box Office this Saturday. For more information go to www.bt.com/btsportboxoffice
5 Tyson Fury claims everything he achieves is a bonus after personal problemsCredit: AP:Associated Press
5 Gypsy King Tyson Fury has won all of his fights bar one – a draw against Deontay Wilder where many felt he was the true victorCredit: Getty Images – Getty