Tyson Fury won't suffer same fate as movie star Lennox Lewis - Audley Harrison backs Gypsy King after WWE role

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Fury has appeared in a wrestling ring more recently than a boxing one: Getty Images

Tyson Fury remains 100 percent focused on boxing despite his recent WWE appearances, according to Audley Harrison.

Just weeks after his victory over Otto Wallin in Las Vegas, Fury was heavily involved in an angle with Vince McMahon’s promotion, culminating in an in-ring appearance at the WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia against 385lbs wrestler Braun Strowman.

Fury’s decision to cross over into the world of professional wrestling, one previously made by Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather, was questioned by some in boxing circles, given the injury he suffered in that win over Wallin and his impending rematch with Deontay Wilder.

Harrison recalls Lennox Lewis’ move into entertainment at a pivotal moment in his career, with the Briton appearing in the film Ocean’s Eleven just before his shock defeat to Hasim Rahman in 2001.

The Olympian doesn’t believe a similar fate will befall Fury, however, confident ‘The Gypsy King’ will be on the top of his game.

“No, I don’t think so,” Harrison told BonusCodeBets when asked if a lack of focus could be an issue.

“Everyone said similar when Lennox Lewis was doing his movies. People said to not do Ocean’s Eleven and then he lost to Hasim Rahman in 2001.

"At the end of the day, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are at the top of their game and there won’t be any lack of concentration from either of them.”

Harrison went onto praise Fury’s decision to pop up in a WWE ring, insisting he strengthened his brand instead of ‘sitting at home’ and waiting for Wilder.

"I like it from a marketing and PR point of view, and I saw a few comments after his debut on WWE saying it’s fake and comical, but at the end of the day, he has entered a sport with huge fan engagement and a global fanbase.

With Deontay Wilder fighting someone soon, Fury had some time to kill before they face off for the second time. He could have either sat at home waiting for Wilder or he could go out and do something and expand his US profile and earn a load of money.”

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