Peter Fury discusses Tyson’s long-awaited return, Klitshcko and Pulev
As nephew Tyson prepares for his first meaningful fight in 19 months, Peter Fury has spoken to WBN following a difficult few months in which the trainer lost his brother Hughie.
Hughie Fury Sr was taken ill suddenly as Tyson was just a day away from facing Alexander Ustinov back in September and sadly never recovered leaving the Fury family devastated.
Given the professionals they are, and taking into account that the fight with Dereck Chisora had already been called off once, Peter and Tyson have been working profusely in the gym to be in the best condition they can be for the November 29 rematch.
“Tyson has been focused on this fight completely. He is a professional, so his mindset is great and he is ready to fight,” Peter informed World Boxing News.
Fury defeated Chisora back in 2011 when both were in less than their best shape, but Peter sees the experience both have gained since -plus the transitional aspect of their bodies, producing a much more entertaining scrap this time around.
“I expect a totally different fight from the first as both are much better athletes than the first match-up,” said Fury.
“There could well be a little ring rust from Tyson that can only show itself in a real fight, but we have taken this into account and will be fully ready for whatever Chisora brings on November 29.”
Last weekend, Fury’s ultimate target took the ring in the latest defence of his heavyweight belts as Wladimir Klitschko overpowered and out-gunned undefeated Kubrat Pulev, whom Tyson has been linked to fighting on more than one occasion.
A Klitschko v Fury showdown is a distinct possibility if the British and European title challenger can remain unbeaten next weekend, and Peter says his fighter is on standby to face the world’s best if the call comes in the next few months.
“Once this fights over Tyson will fight again end of February, that is unless Klitschko wants the fight in April. If that is the case then Tyson is ready for him.
“Klitschko had a very good win against a awkward opponent who sits on the back foot. He has great power in both hand, but he can be very vulnerable as well.
“We saw that Pulev hit him with a straight jab in the first to shake him considerably and the jab from Pulev is a good punch that he can use to come back for the loss.
“Pulev relies too much on leaning back from shots though and once this is broken down he is more open as Klitschko showed with left hooks in every round – which all landed. At this point Pulev needs more experience,” Peter pointed out.
Asked whether a fight with Pulev was possible as a gauge leading into a potential world title fight with Klitschko, Peter answered: “That’s up to him and his team. He is still a good fighter and has a lot to offer the division.
“I want Tyson to fight at least three times in 2015, so if Pulev wants to be first we can talk.
“Right now, the focus is on Chisora and I see a good fight ahead of us. We have trained for twelve hard rounds against a solid opponent and after business is taken care of we will see what is next.
“Klitschko ultimately will be Tyson’s hardest fight and that is the fight we hope gets made,” added Fury.