By Terence Dooley
Peter Fury is working hard with Tyson Fury ahead of the heavyweight contender’s fight with former WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye at the Manchester Arena on September 28. The trainer has brought Michael Sprott, Bermane Stiverne and Steve Cunningham over to his Belgium-based gym to spar with his nephew. They will help Fury perfect the fight plans that the trainer has been working on since the meeting was first mooted.
Fury takes a studious approach to every fight, but the presence of the experienced Adam Booth in the opposite corner has added an extra dimension to this encounter, which will be televised live on Sky Sports Box Office here in the U.K. “It is going to be interesting to be up against Adam,” said Peter when speaking to BoxingScene.
“I won’t face a better trainer than him and probably won’t go on to be as a good as him, but I’ll try my best over the coming years. I am confident in my own abilities — I don’t feel inferior to anyone because if you work hard enough anything’s possible. Tyson’s very adaptive as well; people don’t credit him enough for that.
“I’m expecting fireworks. David takes chances and is exciting. So is Tyson. You don’t expect pleasantries before a fight, but whatever happens they’ll shake hands on it. That’s the beauty of it all.”
He added: “I want to get Tyson and my son Hughie [currently 8-0 (5)] to where they need to be — and that’s the heavyweight world titles. I know people slag us off, but I believe Tyson is the best prospect in the world today. Can he be world champion? I’m 100% confident he can be. We’ll get Haye out the way, shut up a lot of people and then get Wlad [Klistchko] for all the belts.”
Still, Tyson, 21-0 (15), could lose to Haye, 26-2 (24), and would be written off by the wider boxing world on the basis of a single defeat should he come up short. Although supremely confident of victory, his trainer pointed out that the modern day tendency to diss and dismiss fighters on the basis of a single reverse is unrealistic and ignores boxing’s tradition of producing fighters who achieved their greatness by responding to adversity.
“A loss doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “Both Tyson and Hughie have got years in boxing — they’re only going to get better as time goes on. Losing is not always about how good you are. It could be that you’ve made a single mistake in that ring on the night, and mistakes can always be rectified.”
Peter, though, told me that his nephew will come through his biggest test to date in style and won’t have his appetite diminished by the five million pound purse. He said: “We're working on the perfect game plan. Tyson's a good listener and an animal in training.
“This fight will launch Tyson into a new spectrum. After this fight, all being well, we're not going to sit around and wait for a Klitschko or a million pounds payday just because Tyson's beat Haye. Tyson will stay the same grounded fighter and he'll fight regularly after this fight to get the show back on the road. We want him to be a genuine contender. It isn't just about the money.”
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