EXCLUSIVE: Peter Fury talks Klitschko deal and Hrunov’s $18m

Peter Fury


Tyson Fury’s trainer and uncle Peter has spoken of his relief that a deal to face undisputed champion Wladimir Klitschko was finally done on Monday in Panama.

Both sides avoided purse bids by agreeing on a deal at the eleventh hour, and Fury is delighted to be able to focus on being ready to face the world’s best heavyweight on October 24th at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.

“I’m relieved that it’s all done and dusted now, and we can put all our efforts into October 24th in Germany,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News on Tuesday.

“Everybody worked hard to get the deal done, and I’m delighted they reached an agreement in the twelfth hour.

“Tyson has already been in camp for three weeks, so he is ticking over nicely, and I guarantee he will be ready for Klitschko when the first bell rings. Klitschko is a great champion, but we are looking forward to the challenge.

“I’d like to thank Mick Hennessy, BoxNation, Frank Warren, and Bill Ives, plus all the people that helped Tyson get to this point. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for, and we are looking forward to it.”

Wladimir Klitschko
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Some drama unfolded yesterday as offers were being prepared at the World Boxing Association headquarters. Several bidders, including Vlad Hrunov and Eddie Hearn, hoped to secure the rights to stage the fight, potentially in the UK.

Russian promoter Hrunov, who stated that he was working alongside Frank Warren, had a hefty $18 million bid at the ready to potentially bring the fight to the UK or even his native Russia. However, Peter said he has had no problems with how everything eventually turned out.

“Listen, $18 million or not, we are delighted with the deal agreed between K2 and Mick Hennessy,” he said.

“I know Mick had a fund of around $14 million to put forward for the fight, but it’s all academic as far as we are concerned. We don’t know whether Hrunov wanted to take the fight to the UK either, but it’s all done now.

“Of course, we would have preferred to fight for Britain, that goes without saying, but we are here, and we’re ready to fight. People won’t be disappointed in what they see on October 24. I’ll tell you that!”

Phil Jay is the Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.