News April 2019

Peter Fury talks Tyson v Chisora 2, Hughie Fury and David Haye

26.01.14

By @shaun_brown

It was a tale of three fighters for Peter Fury in 2013. The trainer guided his son and heavyweight prospect Hughie, 19, to an unbeaten run of 12 victories in eight months during his debut year as a professional. The story began in Canada in March and stopped off in Bristol in November just before the seasonal break. Tyson’s cousin was taking baby steps last year but they are beginning to be heard on the domestic scene.

And what about the loveable rogue that is Tyson Fury? The 25-year-old and his Uncle (and trainer) Peter kicked off the year separated from one another. Peter was denied access to entering America which led Tyson to take the country, and more specifically New York by storm in his own incomparable way. Steve Cunningham was the guest. There was knockdowns, there was carnage, there was some rough stuff and there was karaoke. Only in America you would say.

Then into their lives came David Haye. Fury vs. Haye! The biggest British heavyweight showdown since Lewis and Bruno was scheduled not once but twice. Haye was cut in sparring, Haye had shoulder surgery, there was conspiracies to end them all and above everything else there were people angry and out of pocket.

So what’s left to say about Mr Haye?

“The answer in short is there’s nothing left to say about David Haye and the antics,” said Peter.

And that was that but the name cropped up later in the interview when LF spoke to Peter from Cannes last Friday.

“You can never tell with boxing, you never know what’s going on behind the scenes. David Haye has not walked away from £5m for nothing. Expect to see an announcement regarding him very soon because with these people it’s all about money and he’s not going to walk away from Tyson Fury and £5m unless there’s something else better in the pipeline. David Haye’s fighting again it just remains to see what path he’s taking.”

Speaking of paths, Tyson will be going down a familiar one this summer when he meets old foe Dereck Chisora at the end of it. The two met in a testing affair at the Wembley Arena in July, 2011. Chisora was out of sorts on all fronts. Tyson was fresher, more controlled and gained a comfortable unanimous decision. The rematch, as part of a deal put together by Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy and Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren will be shown live on Boxnation.

“It’s a fight we’ll take and we agreed to sign up to take it anyway so that fight’s going to happen sometime in June,” said Peter.

“I think they’re 99% there [with the Hennessy-Warren-Boxnation deal], Mick Hennessy is sorting and tweaking a few things with Frank Warren which should be done today and we’re all set for the press conference on Monday.

(Peter informed LF that Tyson, Hughie and new stablemate Eddie Chambers will fight both on Boxnation and their normal home at Channel 5.)

“We’re happy to take that fight. Chisora’s European champion and he’s knocking on the door of a world title shot again,” he added.

Chisora, like Tyson, is one of British boxing’s more colourful and enigmatic characters. But the 30-year-old has appeared to have knuckled down of late and perhaps even more so since the sad passing of his friend and matchmaker Dean Powell last September.
LF asked Peter, what he has made of Chisora’s progress since his nephew dealt with him two years ago.

“I think he’s progressed pretty well, he’s had some good fights, he’s come on since they met and to be fair so has Tyson. They’re both different athletes today. It’s going to be an interesting fight because one thing Dereck does is he comes to fight. He doesn’t shy away. Whatever happens in the fight it’s going to be exciting. They both throw a lot of punches so it’s an entertaining match-up. Dereck’s got a lot to prove because he lost the first fight. So it’s going to be interesting to see what transpires. I think Dereck’s going to be very up for the fight, Tyson’s not going to be taking it lightly so it’s definitely an intriguing match-up. It’s going to be a good, British dust-up.”

Tyson begins his 2014 campaign against the (61-8, 28 KOs) 39-year-old Gonzalo Omar Basile from Argentina in what will be a ten-round contest at the Copper Box in London. Chisora will headline that night’s event against an opponent TBA and Hughie will also be fighting at the former Olympic venue before heading on to Bristol to fight on a Channel 5 show headlined by James DeGale.

For Hughie, the year promises more progress and all going well some openings now that the domestic scene seems ready for someone new to take over. Tyson, Chisora, David Price and David Haye are all on different adventures. And looking down the list of contenders it may be down to a prospect like Hughie, or an Anthony Joshua, to liven things up again. Peter, however, isn’t thinking that far ahead.

“Hughie’s going to be stepping up this year and already we’re looking at decent opponents. He’s had a learning curve from last year and he’ll be now stepping to face good, domestic level fighters. And we’ll see how he progresses to the middle of the year, say June, and we’ll see how he goes. And if he does very well we’ll step him up again. If he doesn’t we’ll keep him where he’s at because of his age.

“He was fighting with injuries last year. Obviously when you’re in constant training camps and there’s no rest he’s going to get worn out with 12 fights in eight months. These are the type of things you need. If you want to be a world class fighter you’ve got to go through all the pain barriers and you’ve got to go through all the experiences. It’s done him the world of good and now he moves on to this year. He’s fresh, he’s had a good rest and now he’s ready to go. It’s going to be an interesting few months. He’s got fights back-to-back, he fights on Feb 15 [on Boxnation] and on Mar 1 on Channel 5.

“He knows his way around a professional ring now. He knows what it’s like to hit opponents and they’re still there. He’s had to pace himself and he is still learning. He’s not the finished article by no means but he’s sparring well. He’s picking up new things in the gym, he’s got a lot stronger and he’s put on more weight. He’s going to make a big heavyweight because he’s come into his frame but already from last year to this year he’s something like 8kg or 9kg heavier. To gauge it as good as you can gauge it is where Tyson was at 19 to where he is now at 25 and there’s a gulf of difference. It’s just a work in progress.”

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