31st October 2012
|Tyson and Peter Fury|
Tyson Fury will face Russian Denis Boytsov at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on December 1, in what will be a clash of undefeated top 10 heavyweight contenders, with the winner being lined up to fight for the world title against Wladimir Klitschko next year.
Boytsov, 26, has an impressive record of 31 fights, no losses with 25 of them wins coming by knockout and is on the brink of a world title shot. He is ranked high by the leading boxing organisation’s and is ranked No7 by the Ring Magazine, Fury is 10th.
It is a big step up in class for Fury. The Manchester heavyweight contender has been telling everyone, he will fight anyone, and in this one he has put his money money where is mouth is and taken a very dangerous fight. Ranked 3rd in the world by the WBC, Boytsov has had all his professional fights in his adoptive country of Germany and Austria and this will be is first fight abroad.
Fury, 24, is undefeated in 19 fights winning 14 by knockout, he last fought in July, stopping Vinny Maddalone in the fifth round. Maddalone is a common opponent of the pair, Boytsov outpointed the New York journeyman in 2008.
If Fury is to reach the top and fulfil the big predictions and promises that he has been brandishing about, namely on the old Twitter. Then an impressive win against the tough Russian will go some way towards realising them and convincing his doubters that he is a serious world class fighter.
|Denis Boytsov – courtesy denisboytsov.ru|
Team Fury had been in talks with a few top heavyweight’s for the Belfast date, including former world champions Ruslan Chagaev and Tomasz Adamek. It had been a frustrating time trying to tie down a contract that suited all.
But with the equally ambitious and confident Boytsov, there was no such trouble and a deal was struck amicably and with ease, according to Peter Fury, uncle and head coach to Tyson. “We have signed to fight Denis Boytsov,” Fury told BritishBoxers.
“In the end it was very straight forward in making the fight with Boytsov and full credit to his team, these Russians are real men.
“The last few months has been frustrating to say the least. We have been trying for a top ten heavyweight contender, so we can show the public that Tyson is ready to take on the best out there.
“We’re looking forward to fighting in Belfast again the Irish love Tyson and their Boxing.
“I’m looking to bring Tyson in around 17st,10lbs to 17st,12lbs – But hear this! He will be ripped to shreds.” added Fury.
Much credit goes to both parties for taking this fight and I’m sure the fans will be happy with this one, it high risk, but high reward for both. Victory over Boytsov will not only give Tyson credibility among the top men, but it will put him in a great world position with the fight carrying eliminator status.
“It’s high risk in the sense that its a hard fight between two top level fighters, although We don’t know much about Boytsov, we will come fight night.” said Fury.
“But to us if you want to become a great fighter you have to fight them! So it’s a easy way of thinking for us, and as far as we know it is an eliminator for the No1 position.
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“Tyson jumped at this fight when it was put to him, he’s really happy and he’s worked so hard to get where he is right now, he’s going to surprise many in the boxing world. I feel this is the fight where Tyson becomes a man and shows every one what he’s about.” added Fury.
Everyone who as an interest and reading this, will know about the Channel 5 rant at David Price, Frank Maloney and Tony Bellew by Tyson and then the Twitter rows with them and anyone else who was willing to direct a Tweeted pop at him in defence of Price.
Then there was the row with Maloney about contract offers and counter offers etc. Which vented Fury’s spleen further, to the point you may have thought; he was taking it too far, while taking his eye off the ball and what really matters.
The last time I interviewed Tyson he was layed back, honest and kind in his assessments. Since then Fury seemed to have exploded in frustration and all the Twitter rants and arguments may have been great for publicity purposes, but I asked Peter at anytime was he worried that Tyson needed to lay off it and keep his mind on the job?
“I’m not into all the Twitter distasteful behaviour, said Fury. “I advised Tyson to lay off it and brush it off as its all no where near the mark anyway. Tyson can prove his mark in the ring. And by taking this fight has already proved all the haters wrong.”
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A fight with David Price is one the fans want most and when it does happen it will be the biggest heavyweight clash since Lennox Lewis fought Frank Bruno in Cardiff in 1993, especially if they both remain unbeaten and a world title is on the line by then. That would be the ideal scenario for Peter Fury, but he says if team Price wants it sooner, then they will oblige.
Price takes on Matt Skelton in defence of his British and Commonwealth titles, the day before Fury’s clash with Boytsov.
“The Price fight can happen! But look at where Tyson is now and who he is fighting next and the opponent Price is taking on? Their worlds apart! stated Fury.
“After this fight we want to take Price on and show every one it was a mistake on their part.
“Tyson will take a back step to give them the fight. My view is it should be left down the line as Price hasn’t done enough. But we will take it, It’s up to them!” he added.
Peter already coached other fighters at is gym in Manchester, including his son Hugie and other nephews Phil and Zac Fury, before taking on Tyson this year, and I asked him, how his life had changed since he took over the reigns of Tyson? Training and advising a top 10 heavyweight world contender must be a whole new kettle of fish for you?
“Yes it’s different Training Tyson in the fact that their is a big responsibility for me to get it right. Unlike other trainers he’s my family and I’ve to think about his safety as well, but that’s it.
“Team Fury’s aim is to steer both Tyson and Hughie to be world champions and with whats happening with their careers right now, were some way on that route.
|Tyson and Peter Fury in camp|
“Hughie is picked for the world juniors in Russia the same time Tyson fights on the 1st December, so we have a busy month ahead.
“I have Phil fury on Tyson’s undercard in Belfast and he will be looking to challenge for a title next year.
“I’m doing my job and I’m happy, no one knows it better no matter what some may think.” added Fury.
I asked Peter to finish, if Tyson would like to add anything before we sign off? Tyson shouted; “Just that I’m the best Heavyweight in the world by far.
“Nothing more to be said; watch me on December 1st and judge for your selves!”
By Chris Maylett