As heavyweight contender Tyson Fury continues to be linked with a crossover fight in Mixed Martial Arts, trainer and uncle Peter Fury has given his views to WBN on the situation as it stands.
Fury, 26, has always been synonymous with MMA due to his family background in combat sports and has been known to call out the odd cage fighter in one of his famous rants on social media or in the British tabloids. In the latest speculative reports, Fury has been rumoured to be considering a clash against star brawler Cain Velasquez, and that Tyson had even held ‘serious talks’ with Bellator MMA President Scott Coker about a brief switch.
When contacted by WBN regarding the matter, Peter was straightforward in his reply and doesn’t’ believe that his nephew would jeopardise an imminent shot at boxing’s top division king Wladimir Klitschko in order to settle ongoing rivalries in MMA.
“It’s possible in the future with Tyson as you never really know what he is going to do, but right now I think it’s all rubbish,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.
As the WBO’s mandatory challenger, Fury is in line to open talks with long-reigning four-belt champion Klitschko once the Ukrainian successfully negotiates his bout with undefeated American Bryant Jennings this month in New York City.
It seems ridiculous that Fury would put his life’s work on the line to swap codes for a grudge match inside the Octagon, and at the moment the MMA scene will have to do without the charismatic big puncher – at least for the time being.