We visited world heavyweight contender Tyson Fury at his Cheshire gym, which is situated on the outskirts of Manchester on the caravan site owned by his uncle and trainer Peter Fury.
The team had just flew back from their temporary training base in Belgium, where Tyson has been locked away in his forest based accommodation in the European countryside, where he is enjoying the most settled and successful training camp of his 19 fight professional career.
The 6′ 9″ Manchester heavyweight admits to not taking his career serious in the past and says he has gone into fights out of condition, mentally unprepared and sometimes as much as 3 stone over weight. In-between fights he says he has ballooned over 23 stone, and has had to lose up to six and half stone in the past before he could even start to train for a fight.
Despite his lack of commitment and admitting that he could easily have lost some of his past encounters. He has managed to remain unbeaten, winning the English, Irish, British and Commonwealth titles along the way and is the current WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion, such is his will and determination to just win a fight at all costs.
Tyson says he is only now just learning to throw a proper jab and his coach uncle Peter told me the reason he ordered Tyson to fight southpaw against Martin Rogan in April for the Irish title, is because he felt his left jab wasn’t strong enough. But since then they have worked tirelessly on his jab and movement and have gone back to the basic fundamentals of boxing, that he says he has neglected since the amateurs.
Once referred to has the biggest mouth in boxing after he was being guided by PR Guru Max Clifford at the start of his career. Tyson was expected to fill newspapers and magazine columns, such was the plan to get him in the public eye and build his profile. He looks back on that period and some of the things he said and was encouraged to say, including his harsh words directed towards the heavyweight kings, the Klitschko brothers, with some regret.
These days you wont find that young kid with a mouth as big as his fist. Now 24 he is maturing into a well grounded man. His ring and life experiences up to now have defined and molded him into a much more reserved character and one who now shuns the press demands, celebrity parties and the boozy nights out and looks back on the merry go round of his earlier career with an haze of embarrassment.
“If I can go 19 fights unbeaten, with 14 knockouts and not even be in proper shape, win the British and Commonwealth belts, imagine what I will do now I’m taking it seriously, training, eating and living the life.”
- Born destined to be a fighter
- His amateur Career
- Childhood and being bullied
- Jimmy Egans Boxing Club
- Not Getting picked for the Beijing Olympics
- His Amateur Loss to David Price
- Turning Pro
- His fights including his battles with John McDermott and Dereck Chisora
- Why he relinquished his British and Heavyweight titles
- His respect and admiration for the Klitschko Brothers
- James Toney
- His next opponent and much more, in what Tyson says is like no interview he has ever done before.