Fresh from the announcement of his world heavyweight title shot against Wladimir Klitschko, unbeaten number one contender Tyson Fury will appear at Derby Arena tomorrow night (July 25) to witness both his brother and cousin in action.
Hughie, his cousin, takes on durable Brazilian veteran George Arias over a schedule 10 rounds, while Young Fury, his brother, fights Lativian Ostaps Basin over four. Both fights take place at heavyweight.
“Tyson has always trained with me and watched me fight,” said Hughie, 15-0 (8 KOs). “He sees everything I do in the gym and it’s great to be around him – especially in the lead-up to his world heavyweight title fight.
“We see a different side to Tyson in the gym. He’s cocky on the mic, but behind the scenes he’s a lovely, down-to-Earth person.
“Tyson often watches my sparring and tells me what I’m doing wrong. He sits me down and says, ‘Look, you’re doing this wrong and need to improve on this or that.’ I’ve learnt a lot from Tyson over the years.”
Trainer Peter Fury added: “It’s only family in the gym, so Tyson’s never put up there as any kind of role model or icon. He’s always just one of the lads. He’s no different. The outside world will see it differently, but we don’t. We’ve just got a job to do. Tyson is just like the big brother in camp. It will be good to have him in Derby with us.”
*** Tickets for Blackwell vs. Jones can be purchased from the Derby Arena Box Office on 01332 255800 or by visiting www.derbylive.co.uk ***
*** Blackwell vs. Jones will be televised live on Channel 5 on July 25 (10pm), while the supporting undercard will be televised live earlier in the evening (8pm) on Spike ***