|Pat Barrett New trainer for Tyson Fury|
Manchester Heavyweight Tyson Fury has had to vacate his English title, won by out-pointing Essex’s John McDermott in September, in what was seen by many as the wrong decision.
A rematch between the two was quickly agreed and the British Boxing Board of Control ordered the re-match to take place before the end of December. After the McDermott fight, Tyson was in action again almost immediately when he took on Czech import Tomas Mrazek at the O2 Arena in Dublin, winning a 6 round decision, but breaking his hand in doing so. McDermott will now face Dereck Chisora for the vacant title, a date is yet to be set and will be decided at the Boards meeting in January.
The 6ft 7ins 21-year-old Fury will then fight the winner in a final eliminator for the British title. It looks like the time will help Tyson hand heal strong, but he is the type of Heavyweight that needs to stay busy and stay in the gym. “I’m sick about it, but they (BBBoC) wouldn’t give me any more time,” said Fury. “My hand is still only around 80 per cent. Two specialists have recommended I have an operation and it looks like I’ll have to.
“The Board said they will match McDermott and Chisora for the vacant title and I’ll get the winner in a final eliminator for the British. I won’t lose my position and it gives my hand more time.”
Fury, started his amateur boxing career with Steve Egan at the Jimmy Egan boxing academy in the tough Benchill area of Wythenshawe, Manchester, has again changed trainers. Having moved from Egan’s gym when he turned pro to train with Robert McCracken. he returned to his roots, and it looked like Steve Egan would have the chance to work with Fury again, this time in the pro ranks.
Egan knows him well having moulded the young lanky boy who walked through the gym doors one day, into an ABA champion, world ranked amateur with a record of 34 fights, 30 wins, 26 by knockout, and a new exciting profession prospect. Fury, after scouting around other Manchester gyms and trainers and has decided to travel to North Manchester and to Brian Hughes’ Collyhurst and Moston’s lads club, after another brief spell with Robert McCracken ended.
McCracken who is proving himself as capable a trainer as he was a fighter, had done well with Fury, he turned Carl Froch into a world champion and is a well respected trainer. But Fury, said it was too far to travel to McCracken’s new Sheffield gym on a regular basis. McCracken is now based there as the new Great Britain boxing coach and performance director.
Fury’s move over to Moston could prove to be a shrewd one, Brian Hughes the Godfather of the gym has taken a back seat these days, although he is still the wise head on fight nights in the corner. Barrett the former European and British light welterweight champion and two time World title challenger, is the chief trainer at Hughes gym now, having boxed there all his life, he has been groomed by Brian into a good coach in his own right, and was a pivotal figure in the success of Robin Reed, having trained the former world champion under Hughes wing.
(Video Pat Barrett winning the European Light welterweight crown against Efrem Calamati)
“I have been with Pat Barrett for two weeks, said Fury. “We have been working on my speed and technique, just working on snapping the punches and not hitting them hard. That’s all we have really had the time to work on.”
Fury then went on to explain why McCracken would not be training him anymore. “The reason I left Rob was because the distance I had to travel was too much”, explained Fury, “it was 50 miles and a 90 minute drive and if the traffic was bad it could take two hours so it wasn’t ideal. Rob’s a fantastic trainer and a top bloke too, it’s just a shame about the distance.”
Fury’s gym tour as been been a positive experience in learning the game, according to him, and will stand him in good stead in his career.
“I picked up a lot of experience going around using different trainers. If you stay with the same trainer you can only learn what they know, but if you travel around you learn what other trainers know, and you take it all in and pick out the bits you want to use,” he declared.
“I think it’s benefited me a lot more than if I had stayed with one trainer. I have experience of my Uncle Hughie, Steve Egan, Rob McCracken and now Pat Barrett. I have gained experience from sparring top guys in Germany and from seeing how their trainers work. I have been training here but Pat doesn’t have a licence to go in the corner so I don’t know what’s going to happen, it isn’t something we needed to discuss.”
By Chris Maylett