Vitali v Hughie: Peter Fury eyes Klitschko v Fury double in October
Trainer Peter Fury has informed WBN that he wants former heavyweight great Vitali Klitschko to come out of retirement and face son Hughie on the same bill as his brother Wladimir on October 24.
Vitali, 43, retired in 2012 after ruling with an iron fist over the top division for almost a decade and has since been a prominent figure on the Ukrainian political scene as leader of the UDAR (Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform) Party and as Mayor of Kiev.
The elder Klitschko has never looked back since hanging up his gloves on the back of a tenth successful defence of the WBC championship against Manuel Charr, although Fury hopes to persuade the veteran to battle undefeated Hughie in Dusseldorf.
Wladimir fights Hughie’s cousin Tyson for the unified world heavyweight titles – meaning top billing and chief support would be a family affair if Vitali can be coaxed out of his exile from the sport.
Peter also revealed that he originally wanted his 15-0 son to fight Klitschko’s coach Johnathon Banks on the ESPRIT Arena bill, but has since switched his attention to Vitali and believes it would be a great opportunity for Hughie to make his mark.
“We asked about the possibility of Hughie fighting Klitschko’s coach Banks first of all, but if we can get Vitali out of retirement then that’s even better for us,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Banks refused, I think because he wanted to stick to training Wladimir for the fight against Tyson, so why not get Vitali in and make it the Fury’s against the Klitschko brothers?
“Vitali is a great champion and I have nothing but respect for him, but I would have no problem putting Hughie in with him on October 24.
“If we can’t get Vitali or Banks, we will look for a top name to continue Hughie’s progress,” he added.
Details of which other fights will feature on the Klitschko v Fury undercard are set to be trickled out over the next few weeks.