News February 2014

Hughie Fury takes aim at Joshua: I'm doing my job properly

12.02.14

By @shaun_brown

Montreal, New York, Belfast, Timisoara, Kent, Norwich, Dundalk, Milton Keynes, Rotherham, London, Whitwick and Bristol. 12 fights, 12 wins at 12 different locations and all crammed into the space of eight whirlwind months. The apprenticeship of Hughie Fury is well underway.

His cousin and fellow heavyweight, Tyson, spent the majority of 2013 waiting for his moment in the spotlight. Alas, David Haye did not allow him that opportunity. No punches were thrown but many verbal jousts were had.

Quietly plying his trade in the background, Hughie, was racking up air miles and rounds in year one of his boxing education. Baby steps were taken, progress was made but not without the odd injury or two. But he’s a Fury, a young one at that (19), there’s no moaning, he just got on with it.

“My last fight [against David Gegeshidze] I had an injury. I was cut across the [left] eye and that happened in sparring a few days before it and I just went straight into the fight. It cut open in the second or third round. I had to step it up and get him out there,” he told Livefight.

And he did. His second eight-round contest ended in the fourth after a build-up of punishing shots to his opponent’s soft centre and right hands that could be heard all around the City Academy Sports Centre.

“Around about my fourth or fifth fight I started to get hand injuries and knuckle injuries,” Fury continued.

“When I fought [Dorian] Darch I done my hand, well my two hands really, in the second round. One swelled up and I broke my knuckle in my right hand. So I was using one hand and just pawing with the right. You know when you’re throwing it you can’t put power in it because of the pain? I was still throwing it. Since my fifth fight I’ve had injuries all with my hands.”

The (12-0, 7 KOs) novice assured LF that his hand injuries are “all good now” and this Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, live on Boxnation, can’t come soon enough. Hughie will be the heavyweight pup tackling the (16-11, 13 KOs) Matthew Greer in another eight rounder before the big dogs; Tyson and Dereck Chisora take centre stage in separate contests before their anticipated rematch in the summer.

Peter Fury, trainer and father to Hughie, doesn’t plan on letting his son rest up. There is already a date of Mar 1 pencilled in for his fourteenth fight and his fifteenth, in April, may well be for his first title.

“I think we’re going for the WBC Youth Heavyweight title in April so that should be all good. I’m just hoping to keep going forward and keep winning,” said Hughie.

And the 19-year-old insists that he is learning his job properly. A statement that was raised on the back of discussing the hype surrounding fellow prospect and Olympic Gold Medallist Anthony Joshua.

“Listen, I wish Anthony Joshua all the best,” Fury told LF.

“He’s doing well. With me I know where I’m going with my boxing. I’m just gonna go forward and keep winning. I guarantee you I don’t need the hype. I already know what I’m going to achieve and I’ll get there no matter what. And that’s how determined I am. And where people want to see the knockouts and all that I’m going round getting all the experience and the fact of it all is I’m only 19-years-old. This is what people forget. How old is Anthony Joshua? 24? He’s a year younger than Tyson, I’m only 19 and I’m learning my job properly.”

And part of that comes down to the savage training camps that Hughie, Tyson and new recruit Eddie Chambers all have to endure at the hands of their trainer and taskmaster Peter Fury.

“To be honest with you its complete hell,” laughed Hughie.

“It’s torture. We wake up, train three times a day with an hour and a half to two hour sessions including one in the evening. Boxing training is hard. Then there’s the cardio. Running up big flights of stairs, beach work, sprints and circuits. It’s absolutely exhausting but we’ve got to push ourselves through that every day. It’s horrible, we get up every morning and it just kills us but that’s why we’re in the best of shape.”

While 2014 will be year two in Hughie’s career development he is well aware of the openings that could arrive on the domestic heavyweight scene with the departure of Tyson, Chisora and David Price.

“We’ll see whatever direction my Dad takes me. It’ll be there for someone to grab a hold of. It’s open season at the moment. With Tyson and Chisora fighting in the summer, which will be a very good fight. The division will be there for the taking. And when I get to a big fight I won’t be going over new ground because I’ll already have all the experience I need.”

Tickets for the Copper Box Arena, priced at £40, £50, £70 and £120, are available from Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or online at www.eventim.co.uk

Watch live and exclusive this Saturday on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437) or in HD (Sky Ch. 449) or on Virgin (Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com

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