I first met Tyson Fury at Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Then and still the gym is run by Steve and Shaun Egan, sons of the late Jimmy, who taught me to box as a youngster.
Before the fight Fury had split with uncle Hughie, sighting family fall outs for the parting of ways. Fury had been residing in a caravan at Hughie’s house and behind the gym where he trained with his uncle in Lancaster. Since the split Fury as moved to Morcombe Bay. He ran on the beach in his new home seafront town in preparation for the first defence of his Commonwealth belt. But it seemed that all wasn’t right before the Pajkec fight and it shown in Fury’s condition and performance.
Fury now 23, didn’t enter that fight in full fighting shape, he wasn’t primed and he wasn’t sharp. He didn’t look in the zone until the 3rd round and then it was a semi controlled aggression, with no tactical thought. He pounded and bullied Pajkic with his size power and force. It wasn’t pretty and he could have made lighter work of him and other opponents like this in the future, if he were to use his given talents and strengths to there maximum.
|Tyson with his dad Gypsy John Fury|