Tyson Fury has ambitions to be among first passengers on flight to space

Tyson Fury wants to prove he is out of this world – by taking one of the first flights to space.

Fury is arguably the best heavyweight on the planet after becoming a two-time champion.

He currently has bitter rival Anthony Joshua in his orbit with their £200m mega-fight pencilled in for next year.

But after he takes on his fellow Brit, Fury wants to head for a galaxy far, far away.

"We’ve made some real progress," he said on The Jonathan Ross Show. "I'm hopefully [going]. I’ve always wanted to go to space. I used to look at the moon and think, 'I want to go there one day’.

"This year, an opportunity arose where Virgin are doing galactic space travel… [and I am] supposed to be going into space in the middle of next year.

"I'm going to be one of the first ones on the list. Hopefully I’ll be going to space; I cannot wait [and] if anything did go wrong, god forbid, what a story, what a legendary end."

One thing Fury doesn't want to be remembered for, however, is being named the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

He is among six nominees for the flagship award with the winner to be announced on Sunday.

But Fury has repeatedly asked the BBC to remove his name from the shortlist – and went as far as taking legal action.

He added: "The reason is, I don’t want an award from someone to say I’m a sports personality.

"I know what I am and who I am and I know what I’ve achieved, I know what I’ve come back from. I don’t need a glass trophy. I’m the people’s champion. I don’t need this glamorous trophy to say who I am and what I’ve done."

The Jonathan Ross Show will be screened at 9.25pm on Saturday on ITV1

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