Photos: Flanagan, Petrov Putting in Work – With Tyson Fury

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury came out to support his fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan at Frank Warren’s open workouts at The Printworks earlier this evening. Flanagan makes the fifth defence of his WBO Lightweight World Title against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena this Saturday, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

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Fury, the former linear, WBA Super, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine World Heavyweight Champion, watched on as local hero Flanagan was put through his paces by trainer Steve Maylett in front of hundreds of Manchester fight fans.

terry-flanagan (1)Undefeated Flanagan, 32-0 13 KO’s, looked in fantastic shape ahead of the toughest fight of his career and treated fans to a scintillating display of speed and power. The proud owner of the longest undefeated record in British boxing was delighted to see Fury showing his support and backed the man who dethroned long-reigning Heavyweight icon Wladimir Klitschko way back in 2015 to win his belts back.

“It was brilliant seeing big Tyson here showing me some support,” said Turbo. “We are both Manchester lads and want to make our city proud. He shocked the sporting World by beating Klitschko in Germany and I plan on shocking the World by beating Vasyl Lomachenko after I deal with Petrov on Saturday.

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“Like everyone in boxing, I can’t wait to see Tyson back in the ring where he belongs. He is a man of the people and always puts a smile on your face. I’m backing him to win all of his belts back and reclaim his place as the best Heavyweight on the planet.

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“I’m over the moon with the turnout today. It’s great seeing so many young fans taking an interest in the sport and backing one of their own! There’s a massive buzz around the city and seeing all these fans here today has given me a massive boost.”

 

 

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Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov tops an unmissable evening of action at the Manchester Arena; Super-Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams clash for the WBO Interim World Title; double Olympic Gold Medallist and women’s boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight monster Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut along with a talent packed undercard.

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Notice to Tyson Fury to show cause as to why WBO Championship Title should not be vacated

WBO Championship Committee

Dear World Champion Fury:

We have received and thank you for the response to the WBO’s September 26, 2016 Certification Request of your Medical Report of September 21, 2016 and the Supplemental Report of September 28, 2016 concerning the conditions described therein. Everyone at the WBO is concerned for your health, well-being, happiness and prospects for a full and complete recovery.

The reports, however, continue to be provisional and conditional. The September 21, 2016 report indicates a report is being prepared which will contain the relevant chronological events and antecedents to your condition. The September 28, 2016 Supplemental report also states that the prognosis is conditioned on the absence of any other psychological issue.

On November 28, 2015, the WBO Heavyweight Championship took place at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany between then Champion Wladimir Klitschko and you that enabled you to become the WBO Heavyweight Champion of the World by unanimous decision.

A rematch was scheduled for July 9th 2016 but never took place due to your training injury on June 24th 2016 that we heard of through the news. Immediately, the WBO requested an Interim Certification of your recovery status from your training injury.

The rematch was rescheduled for October 29th in Manchester, UK. Notwithstanding, on September 14th, the WBO sent the sanction for the bout. The sanction stated the following provisions:

  1. If the bout is not held due to the fault of the Challenger, the Champion will face the Mandatory Challenger designated by the WBO Championship Committee.
  2. If the bout is not held due to the fault of the Champion, then the title will be heavyweight title will be vacated, in accordance to Section 20 (a) of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests that states:

By September 23rd 2016, the bout is again postponed and the WBO finds out through the news, prompting the Committee to request the second Interim Certification on September 26th.

Additionally, the WBO has received the September 29th VADA Drug Testing Report, VADA3769 (D5CO3) containing an adverse analytical finding from a September 22nd test. We ask you to advise if you have requested analysis of the “B” Sample. Also, the WBO received information from the BBB of C that you refused to be tested the week prior to September 22nd.

When you signed the rematch contract, you agreed to the following:

  • 3. VADA Random Testing. The parties agree, deviating from the FRA and POS, VADA random testing (urine and blood, in-competition as well as out-of-competition testing) for the Rematch. For this purpose, K2 and Hennessy/Fury will instruct VADA by separate agreement to conduct the doping controls and the parties are not allowed to unilaterally terminate the agreement with VADA. The Result Management shall be effected by the supervising local commission (BBBofC, BDB or any other local commission having jurisdiction over the Rematch) as well as by the world sanctioning bodies (IBO, WBA, WBO) on the basis of the testing result found by VADA. Therefore, it shall be agreed in writing with the relevant local commission and world sanctioning bodies that the prohibited list of VADA is the binding list and a doping violation found by VADA, after due appeal process and the right of the athlete to defend himself accordingly and subject to the conclusion of such appeal procedures, is to be accepted and to be sanctioned by the local commission and the world sanctioning bodies, regardless of possibly deviating own prohibited lists and rules of the associations. The testing results shall be promptly reported to all organizations involved (and to the BBB of C and BDB as the home associations of the fighters even if they are not directly involved as local commission for the Rematch) as well as to one designated person of each of the fighters’ camps, and the proceeding in respect of the opening (if any) of the b sample shall be disclosed to the parties and thereby completely transparent to the parties. Fury and Klitschko have to sign all necessary declarations of consent towards VADA and the associations to implement such VADA random testing in cooperation with the local commission and world sanctioning bodies (including VADA’s standard forms for whereabouts). The VADA testing shall start on a date to be agreed and no later than 10 September 2016. Fury and Klitschko have to ensure that they are accessible and available for VADA’s doping inspectors at all times and irrespective of their whereabouts, as required by VADA (inter alia, Fury and Klitschko have to let VADA know where exactly they train, phone PAGE 4 OF 6 numbers and where to reach them). In the event that the relevant local commission should insist that the doping control is to be conducted by the national anti-doping agency, the parties agree that they will effect the herein agreed VADA random testing as additional doping testing which shall be accepted by the world associations as set forth herein.

Rule 19 of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests provides:

“SECTION 19. FAILURE OF THE CHAMPION TO COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CONTRACT OR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RULES

(a) If a World Champion fails to comply with his contractual obligation to fight in a WBO World Championship bout without justifiable cause, or tests positive for an illegal or any performance enhancing drug after a title bout, or fails to inform the WBO of any medical condition, impairment or any other circumstance which jeopardizes his participation in a WBO World Championship contest, or if a Champion or any of his team members misleads, attempts to mislead, or petitions a Local Boxing Commission to illegally or incorrectly license said Champion, the Committee may recommend to the WBO President and to the Executive Committee that the fighter be stripped of the title and that the title be declared vacant.

(b) However, if the Champion is unable to defend his Championship within the time periods provided in these Rules because he is physically disabled for a justified cause, and said disability has been verified and accepted by the World Championships Committee, the Champion may be granted a reasonable time to recover from the disability and retrain to competitive condition, which shall not in total exceed 180 days. The disability extension will be granted only if the Committee determines, based on competent medical advice, that the Champion is reasonably expected to recover from his disability within the maximum allowable term of the disability extension. The Committee may condition its approval of a disability extension upon the Champion providing interim medical certifications that he is reasonably expected to recover within the term of the disability extension.

(c) A disability extension shall be approved only by the vote of the World Championships Committee. If the Champion’s recover time exceeds the maximum term of the disability extension, or if upon receipt of an interim medical certification the World Championship Committee determines that the Champion is not reasonably likely to recover and be prepared to defend his Championship within the term of the disability extension, the title shall be declared vacant and a Vacant or Interim Championship fight, as the case may be, shall be held for the title pursuant to the provisions of the World Championships Regulations.

(d) The Championship Committee may order an Interim championship bout when the Champion is incapacitated, inactive, or when a Champion is moving out of his division to fight for another championship. In this case the interim Champion must defend his interim title against the Champion, if the Champion who vacated his Title due to disability is medically able and prepared to compete for the Championship within 180 days of the Interim Championship. If an interim Championship is held due to a Champion’s inactivity, the Champion must defend his title against the Interim Champion within 120 days of the interim Championship or the Interim Champion shall become Champion.”

Also, the Regulations of World Championship Contests Section 5 (c) states:

SECTION 5. DEFENSE OF THE TITLE

“ …(c) The WBO World Championship Committee may, in its discretion, vacate a Champion’s title regardless of cause or fault if the Champion fails to defend his title within a nine (9) month period (12 months in the case of the Heavyweight Division). This decision will be final unless appealed to the Complaint and Grievance Committee within ten (10) days of Notification to the Champion as provided for in these Rules. A Champion so stripped of his Title shall be classified using the WBO rating criteria, and he shall be classified in his division or in such other weight division as the Classifications Committee for good cause determines, provided that he has complied with the WBO and ABC rating criteria…”

The general principle of the Regulation states as follows:

“…The World Championship has been established for generations as the highest objective in professional boxing. A World Championship is not the property of any boxer. The Championship is a trust, subject to the conditions defined herein, for the use and benefit of all boxers and boxing fans, who through their contribution of time, effort, risks and resources sustain the existence of the profession. The World Boxing Organization encourages each World Champion and Challenger to be an example of the highest ideals and spirit of sportsmanship. A World Champion is an integral part of the sport of boxing, but he is not greater than the sport of boxing. A World Champion’s sportsmanship shows his respect for the profession he has chosen, including the Champion himself, his opponent, the World Boxing Organization, and, most importantly, boxing fans worldwide…”

According to the Regulations, Section 1(7) (21), the World Championship Committee shall have the following authority:

“…(7) To recommend to the President and the Executive Committee that a Title should be vacated if a Champion fails to comply with the WBO World Championship Rules; and

(21) To vacate a championship title regardless of cause or fault if the Champion has not defended within a nine (9) month period…”

Taking all of the previous under consideration, the WBO Championship Committee decided that you have ten (10) calendar days, final and non–extendable to show cause why your title should not be vacated due to inactivity, breach of contract and performance enhancing drugs and stimulants.

Duly notified, in San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 7th 2016

Yours truly,

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Luis Batista-Salas, Esq. Chairman – WBO Championship Committee

 

INTERIM CERTIFICATION REQUEST TO TYSON FURY OF HIS MEDICAL RECOVERY STATUS

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September 26, 2016

World Champion TYSON FURY

C/o Peter Fury And
Michael Hennessy

Re: Interim Certification Request to Tyson Fury of your Medical Recovery Status

Dear World Champion Fury:

We are very sorry to hear the reports that you have allegedly pulled out of the October 29th bout due to a serious depression you are being treated for. Please know that all at the WBO are concerned for you and wish you the best for a full and complete recovery.

As you know, since the date your title was won on November 28, 2015, you have not defended your title and you have been inactive. On Jun 24, 2016, an ankle injury forced you to withdraw from your Heavyweight rematch against Wladimir Klitschko scheduled for July 9th in Manchester. Now, two months later, according to Mail Online your camp has announced the following:

“It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that the world heavyweight championship rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, scheduled to take place on the 29th October 2016 at the Manchester Arena, will not be going ahead,”

Tyson has, this week, been declared medically unfit to fight. Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the

rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery.”

“Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3804679/Fury- rematch-Klitschko-set-called-again.html#ixzz4LN4eN79z”

The WBO World Championship Committee will need to receive your Interim Certification within 10 calendar days of this letter, non-extendable. This information is needed for the Committee to evaluate your condition appropriately within the division and to consider your status consistent with our World Championship Rules.

Rule 19 of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests provides:

Luis Batista Salas, Esq. Chairman

“SECTION 19. FAILURE OF THE CHAMPION TO COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CONTRACT OR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RULES

(b) However, if the Champion is unable to defend his Championship within the time periods provided in these Rules because he is physically disabled for a justified cause, and said disability has been verified and accepted by the World Championships Committee, the Champion may be granted a reasonable time to recover from the disability and retrain to competitive condition, which shall not in total exceed 180 days. The disability extension will be granted only if the Committee determines, based on competent medical advice, that the Champion is reasonably expected to recover from his disability within the maximum allowable term of the disability extension. The Committee may condition its approval of a disability extension upon the Champion providing interim medical certifications that he is reasonably expected to recover within the term of the disability extension.

(c) A disability extension shall be approved only by the vote of the World Championships Committee. If the Champion’s recover time exceeds the maximum term of the disability extension, or if upon receipt of an interim medical certification the World Championship Committee determines that the Champion is not reasonably likely to recover and be prepared to defend his Championship within the term of the disability extension, the title shall be declared vacant and a Vacant or Interim Championship fight, as the case may be, shall be held for the title pursuant to the provisions of the World Championships Regulations.

(d) The Championship Committee may order an Interim championship bout when the Champion is incapacitated, inactive, or when a Champion is moving out of his division to fight for another championship. In this case the interim Champion must defend his interim title against the Champion, if the Champion who vacated his Title due to disability is medically able and prepared to compete for the Championship within 180 days of the Interim Championship. If an interim Championship is held due to a Champion’s inactivity, the Champion must defend his title against the Interim Champion within 120 days of the interim Championship or the Interim Champion shall become Champion.”

Accordingly, the WBO World Championship Committee asks that you provide the Committee with Interim Certification including your physician’s complete Psychological and/or Mental evaluation and diagnosis of your condition, your prognosis for recovery and your expected return to competition. We ask that your Interim Certification include an opinion from your physician whether it is more likely than not that you will be able to recover from your disability and retrain to competitive condition within 180 days of the onset of your condition.

We would appreciate that the physician specifically clarifies the nature and extent of your condition and your prognosis for return to training and your return to competition. If the Championship Committee does not receive the complete requested information, i.e. the Interim Certification, together with the Psychological and/or Mental Evaluation, within the allotted time frame of ten (10) days, the Committee will proceed with the necessary appropriate action without the benefit of an appeal.

The WBO wishes you the best good fortune on a prompt and speedy recovery. We looked forward to your prompt response to assist your Committee in reaching the fairest decision for you, the top contenders in the Heavyweight Division, and your future return to complete your World Championship career.

Yours truly,

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Luis Batista-Salas, Esq.
Chairman – WBO Championship Committee

c/c Bob Mitchell John Hornewer / Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

 

Tyson Fury Vows: I’ll Give Klitschko a Worse Beating in Rematch!

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By Edward Chaykovsky –

WBO/WBA/IBO  heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18KOs) is planning to give Wladimir Klitschko a ‘beating’ when the two boxers face each other in the ring for a second time on October 29th in Manchester.

The fight had been scheduled for July 9th, and then pushed back after Fury suffered an injury in camp.

Fury shocked the entire sport last November in Germany, when he outboxed Klitschko to capture the heavyweight crown. It didn’t take long before Klitschko activated his contract clause for an immediate rematch.

Klitschko is no longer steaming that the IBF took away his world title only 10 days after stunning Klitschko. The belt was won by Charles Martin and then by Anthony Joshua. The belt was taken as Fury was unable to make a mandatory defense – due to legally binding rematch agreement with Klitschko.

“I didn’t feel anything when the IBF took the belt, as I’ve got 14 others to replace them. They robbed one off me because they couldn’t beat me, so they steal it. At least Dick Turpin wore a mask. But everyone knows who the champion is,” Fury told the Shields Gazette.

Fighters like Joshua and Deontay Wilder can wait. Fury says the only fighter on his radar right now is Klitschko and he intends to make this victory even more impressive and more dominant. Should he beat Klitschko, Fury will then set his sights on the two biggest options – Joshua and Wilder.

“I’m looking forward to the fight. It feels good to be honest. I gave him a beating the last time, and I’ll give him a better beating the next time, it’s money for old rope. We’re working towards the October date and I’m already in training,” Fury said. “I’ll fight anyone, There’s nobody really on my radar, Klitschko – I’d give him another beating, there’s plenty of fighters out there.”

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Tyson Fury withdraws from heavyweight world title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after suffering ankle injury during training

35A0C3A000000578-3658488-Peter_Fury_also_tweeted_this_picture_showing_Tyson_s_bruised_ank-a-65_1466777413529 Peter Fury also tweeted this picture showing Tyson’s bruised ankle, suffered during training 

 

  • Tyson Fury has postponed his heavyweight world title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko scheduled for July 9 at the Manchester Arena
  • Defending champion has sprained his ankle during training in Lake District
  • Fury made the announcement via a short video on his Instagram account
  • His trainer Peter Fury posted pictures of his bruised and swollen ankle
  • Fury stunned Klitschko when he won on points in Dusseldorf in November 

Forests of quizzical eyebrows were raised when Tyson Fury pulled out of his world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko but his TV paymaster Frank Warren has confirmed the ankle injury is genuine and the fight will be rescheduled.

Suspicions initially ran deepest in the Austrian Tyrol where Klitschko has been training intensively for his bid to regain the championship belts which Manchester’s Gipsy King prised from him in a huge upset in Germany.

However, the man who dominated the heavyweight division for a decade has accepted the delay, saying: ‘Of course I am currently totally disappointed. I also feel sorry for my fans who were very excited. But this just means I’ll get my belts back a few weeks later.’

3387EED200000578-3658488-image-a-46_1466776743962 Photo by Getty Images / Tyson Fury has withdrawn from his world heavyweight championship rematch with Wladmir Klitschko

 

 

 

 

35A0BEC000000578-3658488-Fury_s_trainer_Peter_posted_a_Twitter_image_of_his_bruised_and_s-a-61_1466777268370 Fury’s trainer, Peter, posted a Twitter image of his bruised and swollen ankle

The new working date is October 29, again at the Manchester Arena.

Warren, despite his own disappointment at a cancellation so close to the fight date of July 9, reports that Fury has no option but to withdraw.

As Fury posted pictures of his bruised and swollen ankle on his Instagram site, Warren, head of the BoxNation subscription channel, said: ‘There is no way Tyson could have boxed in the next couple of weeks. He went over on the ankle while running. We’re all gutted this has happened. It has cost us a fortune but we will get it back on.’

Fury had ballooned up to more than three stones over his fighting weight before going into training and there have been reports that he broke camp briefly to attend a rave in Anglesea. Then he posed for selfies with fans in a pub there on Monday as he watched England’s European Championship match against Slovakia.

However, Fury, who was in prime condition at his training camp in Holland two weeks ago, told his supporters: ‘I got a little bad news for you all. Almost 10 days ago I was running in the Lake District and I went over and sprained my ankle. Been to hospital. Had X-rays and MRI scans.

3396BA3C00000578-3658488-image-a-62_1466777271594 Photo:  Kevin Quigley / Fury and Klitschko pictured at a press conference in Manchester to promote the upcoming fight

3396D82400000578-3658488-image-a-63_1466777302832 Photo:  Kevin Quigley / Fury goaded his opponent by removing his shirt and saying ‘you lost to a fat man’

100748E700000514-3658488-image-a-67_1466777586372 Photo:  Getty Images / Fury connects with his left hand during his win over Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany in November

‘Not broken but I was told to keep off it for six to seven weeks. Tried to train a bit but a second opinion was the same. So sorry to let all my fans down and apologies to everyone who’s booked the date.’

The postponement will not be helpful to Klitschko, given the strain of perfecting preparations at the age of 40.

But Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy says: ‘There is no way we could let Tyson fight a man like Klitschko when anything less than 100 per cent fit. And we will rearrange the fight.’

There had also been rumours that tickets were not going well but Warren reports: ‘We had sold more than 17,000, which left only a couple of thousand remaining.’

Tickets already purchased will be honoured in October.

2EE54B2000000578-3658488-image-a-69_1466777644275  Photo:  Getty Images / The Ukrainian was left stunned after Fury won their first fight on a unanimous points decision

3595B09400000578-3658488-Klitschko_had_said_earlier_this_week_that_Fury_reminds_him_of_Hi-a-70_1466778581784 Klitschko had said earlier this week that Fury reminds him of Hitler due to his comments on Jewish people

3595B0B000000578-3658488-Normally_mild_mannered_Klitschko_s_Hitler_comparison_was_out_of_-a-71_1466778588267 Normally mild-mannered, Klitschko’s Hitler comparison was out of the ordinary and has clearly offended Fury

Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Boente, says: ‘This is unfortunate. Wladimir was in great form. But we will be ready to go to Manchester on the new date.’

Earlier in the day, Fury responded angrily to Klitschko likening him to Adolf Hitler. Klitschko made that stark comparison after reading Fury’s views on Jewish people.

As a member of the travelling community, Fury responded: ‘You recently said I’m like Hitler. Wladimir has no education in the matter. He does not realise Hitler killed hundreds of thousands of gypsies, if not millions.

‘A lot of my ancestors were mass-murdered by Hitler. To call me that is a very, very bad insult, friend. Let’s not forget that your people the Ukrainians were the guards in the death camps where my people were slaughtered. You stupid f****** Ukrainian p****.’

There was much hype and mutual promotional baiting before the November fight in Dusseldorf.

Now the bad blood is for real.

Fury v Klitschko will be televised live on BoxNation, most likely on Saturday, October 29. 

339E450800000578-3658488-Tyson_Fury_s_war_of_words_with_Wladimir_Klitschko_has_continued_-a-74_1466778596999 Photo:  Getty Images / Tyson Fury’s war of words with Wladimir Klitschko has continued ahead of their world heavyweight title bout
359FE36600000578-3658488-Fury_has_hit_out_at_Klitschko_once_again_on_Instagram_describing-a-73_1466778591200359FE36600000578-3658488-Fury_has_hit_out_at_Klitschko_once_again_on_Instagram_describing-a-73_1466778591200                                                 Fury has hit out at Klitschko once again on Instagram, describing him as a ‘stupid f****** Ukrainian p****’

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11/28/2015 Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury

Date:   Saturday,  November 28, 2015

WBO/WBA/IBF HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BOUT

Location:   ESPRIT Arena, Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Promoter:  K-2 Promotions / Tom Loeffler

Supervisor:  Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

Referee:  Tony Weeks

Judges:  Cesar Ramos (112-115),  Ramon Cerdan (112-115),  Raul Caiz Sr. (111-116)

Results:   Wladimir Klitschko lost the championship title  by Unanimous  Decision against TysonFury, who becomes the new WBO/WBA/IBF Heavyweight World Champion.

TV:   USA HBO,  United Kingdom SKY Box Office, Germany RTL

Tyson Fury

Tyson Luke Fury (born 12 August 1988) is a professional boxer who fights at heavyweight. In November 2015, he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to become WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring unified heavyweight champion.

Having initially been denied the opportunity to fight for Ireland at the Olympic Games, he was permitted to represent both Great Britain and Ireland after tracing his family lineage to relatives in Belfast. Fury has represented both England and Ireland as an amateur, winning the ABAchampionship in 2008 before turning professional later that year. Currently undefeated, he is a two-time former British and English champion, a formerEuropean, Commonwealth and Irish heavyweight champion, as well as a former WBO Inter-Continental and WBO International heavyweight champion.

Wladimir Klitschko out to silence Tyson Fury, prolong heavyweight reign

1448571981819 (Credit:  Photo by Lee Smith/Reuters)       Wladimir Klitschko will be looking to put an end to Tyson Fury’s antics.

Tyson Fury’s promise to end Wladimir Klitschko’s long heavyweight reign in Duesseldorf on Saturday is nothing the defending champion hasn’t heard before.

Unbeaten in 22 fights since April 2004, when he lost by TKO to Lamon Brewster in Las Vegas, Klitschko has heard a succession of challengers talk up their chances before he answered them in the ring.

Bryant Jennings, Alexander Povetkin, Mariusz Wach, David Haye and Ruslan Chagaev have all come and gone, among a list of fighters to have their pretensions to his throne rudely dismissed.

None serenaded Klitschko before their bout, however, as Fury did Wednesday with his own version of the Bette Midler tune “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

The Briton goaded him during their staredown the day before, asking for a smile “let’s see those teeth” and complimenting him on the way he smells.

He coaxed the flicker of a smile from Klitschko, who otherwise remained impassively still.

Fury’s antics –  he recently dressed up as Batman and wrestled a man wearing a Joker costume to the floor at a news conference in England – have added another level of intrigue to Saturday’s fight.

Boxing fans delight in the entertainment factor Fury provides, though it remains to be seen if he will be able to do the business in the ring, too.

Unbeaten in 24 professional fights, including 18 knockouts, the 2.09-meter (6-foot-9) Fury has seen off the likes of compatriot Dereck Chisora (twice) and American Steve Cunningham.

He is a former British, Irish, European and Commonwealth champion, but Klitschko will provide by far his biggest challenge with the 39-year-old Ukrainian’s WBA, WBO and IBF and IBO belts on the line.

“He’s done a lot of things in boxing,” Fury said at his gym in Bolton, northwest England.

“He’s achieved the ultimate in heavyweight history, really. Twenty-six title defenses, he’s equaled Joe Louis’ record. Pity he’s not going to be able to beat it. He’s the great Wladimir Klitschko. But the gravy train stops.”

The unmistakable respect is mutual. Klitschko, whose record is 64 wins with 53 knockouts from 67 fights, said Fury’s admission that he was nervous showed he was “well-prepared and alert.”

“It’s good to be nervous,” Klitschko said. “I’m nervous before every fight. I have to confront it. This is fact.”

The 1.98-meter (6-foot-6) Klitschko will be in the unusual position of facing someone taller, though Fury tends to crouch when he fights, giving away some of that advantage.

The fight was originally supposed to take place on Oct. 24 but was postponed after Klitschko tore a tendon in his left calf during training. Fury claimed he had scared off the Ukrainian.

“I didn’t believe this fight was going to happen for a long, long time. And he’s proved me wrong. This fight is actually going to happen,” the 27-year-old Fury said this week. “So like I said, I’m coming and I’m coming very fast for you Wlad. Hope you prepared well, and I know you will have done. Old guy, young guy, old champion, new champion. `Nuff said.”

A dispute over gloves still has to be settled. The contract stipulates that Fury must wear Paffen gloves, which the Briton found were hurting his thumbs after training with them for some time. New gloves were designed but had yet to be delivered.

Born in Manchester, England, the deeply religious Fury is of Gypsy heritage and comes from a bloodline of bare-knuckle champions on both sides of his family. His father, John Fury, will be in his corner after being released on parole following his 2011 conviction for gouging a man’s eye out in a brawl and a large contingent from the family will be in Duesseldorf to support him.

Fury is coached by his uncle Peter, who said his nephew is in the best shape of his career.

“He’s the happiest I’ve seen him because he’s fighting for such a title,” Peter Fury said.

“There’s going to be 55,000 people and to perform in front of those and people around the world, it’s what he revels in. He’s 110 percent prepared. This is the stiffest test Wladimir Klitschko will have had in his career.”

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Tyson Fury promises to smash Wladimir Klitschko’s face and says Ukrainian has ‘as much charisma as my underpants’

 

  • Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury came face to face in Germany
  • The pair, who clash in October, spoke as part of their pre-fight preparations
  • Fury claimed his opponent has never faced someone as good as him
  • The Gypsy King wants to smash Klitschko’s face like a bottle 
  • The pair will do battle at the Esprit-Arena in Dusseldorf on October 24 

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Tyson Fury (left) and Wladimir Klitschko are preparing to face each other for the world heavyweight title.  The pair will do battle at the Esprit-Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany in front of a sell-out crowd .

Wladimir Klitschko asked the first question at the start of what will be a long pre-fight ritual and Tyson Fury gave him the answer in his usual uncensored fashion.

Klitschko inquired: ‘How do you feel about fighting for the world heavyweight championship for the first time?’

Fury replied: ‘It is my mission to rid boxing of you because you’re a boring old man. You have as much charisma as my underpants.

2AB9850C00000578-3169515-image-a-1_1437489200034Fury used explicit language throughout the press conference as he looked forward to the fight

2AB98D1F00000578-3169515-image-a-2_1437489238676Klitschko has heard these kind of taunts throughout his career and laughed off his opponent’s jibes 

‘You’re a wrinkled old man with a glass chin and I am going to make that glass explode like a bottle hitting a wall.’

What had begun as a mutually respectful first media conference to begin setting up Fury’s return to Dusseldorf for his stadium mega-fight on October 24 suddenly had lift off.

Fury used some bad language: ‘I’m an American-style fighter with European fitness and that adds up to you’re f*****.’

Klitschko and Fury – head-to-head

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO TYSON FURY
Age (on Oct 24) 39 Age (on Oct 24) 27
Height 6ft 6in Height 6ft 9in
Reach 81in Reach 85in
Nationality Ukrainian Nationality British
Total fights 67 Total fights 24
Wins 64 Wins 24
Wins by KO 53 Wins by KO 18
Losses 3 Losses 0
Draws 0 Draws 0

There was an unprintable obscenity hung around the first syllable of the multiple champion’s surname.

There were more threats and insults as the giant Manchester traveller pointed at the five belts – WBA, IBF, WBO. IBO and The Ring –  on the table in front of Klitschko and said: ‘I don’t care about those. I don’t care about money. I don’t care about my legacy or going down in history.

‘I just want to smash your old face and I don’t give a f*** what anybody thinks because I don’t give a f*** about being a role model.’

The Germans made much of how victory would take Klitschko to 28 world title fights, one more than the old record held by the immortal Joe Louis.

But Fury said: ‘Are you greater than Louis, Ali, Frazier, Holmes? I think not. You’ve just fought bums well selected for you by your management.

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‘When I look at you I’m not feared. I don’t even see a big man because you’re not only shorter than me (Fury is 6ft 9in, Klitschko 6ft 6in) but you’re light for a modern heavyweight.

‘When I went to your training camp once I saw just your tired old jab-and-grab routine. I came away full of confidence. You’re nothing. History tells that when even great heavyweights get to your age (Klitschko is 39) they go into rapid decline. It also says that old men give way to young lions like me (Fury is 26).

‘You look old even though I think you’ve had botox. Jab-and-grab won’t be enough against me.’

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The ‘Gypsy King’ has warned the 39-year-old that he will be the best fighter he’s ever faced 

Klitschko, a sports psychologist, talked of repeating the ‘therapy’ he administered in beating David Haye ‘which made him a better person.’

Fury reacted: ‘I’ll hire you as my therapist after the fight because you’ll be out of a job.’

But when that, and much more, was said and done, it would not be correct to depict as a rant and a bust-up on this preview visit to Dussledorf’s magnificent football stadium, under the sliding roof of which 55,000 will watch these two have the argument which really matters.

The tickets went on sale on Tuesday. Klitschko announced a renewed five-fight deal with his German TV paymasters. Bidding for the UK broadcast rights began with Sky, BoxNation and BT all in contention.

Klitschko laughed at the Tyson tirade and said: ‘Good. Now he’s being entertaining. That means the fight will be exciting. This is business.’

Fury had been the personification of politeness at the opening of the session: ‘Wladimir is a great champion and at his age I admire him for taking on a young gun like me. He never ducks anyone.’

Then he said: ‘It’s not business for me. It’s personal. You’re a robotic bore and I fell asleep listening to your long speech. ‘I will shut you up.’

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The Ukrainian has an impressive record of 64-3 and is looking to improve that against Fury

That, certainly, was easier said than done. Klitschko – in suit-and-tie contrast to Fury’s smart sports shirt – controlled the occasion and enjoyed doing so, drawing Fury out by saying: ‘You sing, you dance, you’re a cool dude.’  The reply: ‘I’m also unique, the one-in-a-thousand-years fighter you have never faced before and never will again.’

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The 39-year-old fighter had all five of his heavyweight belts with him at the press conference

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Fury looks down on the Ukrainian and he’ll have a height advantage of three inches when they fight

‘And I don’t have words to express my delight that he has to fight someone so old. Because with age comes wisdom. My fists will speak louder than his mouth.’

But both men were trying hard not to smile, even when they continued the banter while posing for the customary stare-down photographs.

The box office reported brisk opening sales. Business is booming.

They shook hands on it.

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Klitschko addressed the media and kept a cool head with Fury goading him throughout the briefing 

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Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury set for October title fight in Germany

Klitschko  By:  Dan Rafael –

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, one of boxing history’s most dominant big men, will make a mandatory defense against Tyson Fury, a rare opponent bigger than him, on Oct. 24 at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, after their camps made a last-minute deal and avoided a purse bid Monday.

With a purse bid scheduled for noon ET at the WBA headquarters in Panama City, Panama, Klitschko’s K2 Promotions and Fury promoter Mick Hennessy, who had been negotiating for weeks, reached an agreement with four minutes to spare.

Had the fight been put up for auction — Klitschko, as champion, was entitled to 80 percent of a winning bid and Fury 20 percent — they risked losing promotional control of the bout, as representatives for British promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren as well as Russian promoter Vlad Hrunov himself showed up at the purse bid intending to put in offers for a fight that surely would have garnered a winning bid of at least $15 million.

“We had constant conference calls with each other and the lawyers, and then four minutes before the deadline we reached an agreement,” Klitschko manager Bernd Boente told ESPN.com. “I think a good deal is one where both sides are happy, and both sides are happy with this deal. Mick Hennessy and Tyson Fury are happy and Wladimir and our side are also happy.”

Boente was in Germany but said he was in constant contact with Hennessy as well as Tom Loeffler, managing director of Klitschko’s K2 Promotions, who was in Panama, as they finalized the agreement.

Klitschko will be returning to defend the title at Esprit Arena for the third time. In 2012, he pummeled former cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck in a fourth-round knockout, and in 2010 he dominated Eddie Chambers before scoring a crushing knockout with five seconds left in the 12th and final round.

Both fights drew massive crowds of more than 50,000 to the indoor soccer stadium, and this is a far more anticipated fight than either of those.

Terms of the Klitschko-Fury agreement were not disclosed, but the showdown looms as one of the most significant heavyweight title bouts in recent years given Klitschko’s enormous popularity in Germany as well as Fury’s following in England. Also, it is a bout that fans have looked forward to for the past few years.

“It is definitely a very big fight,” Boente said. “Tyson Fury is a top challenger without any doubt. It’s a tough fight, no doubt.”

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs), 39, who is from Ukraine and lives in South Florida, will be making the 19th title defense during his nine-year, second reign — second-longest in heavyweight history behind only Joe Louis, who held the title for more than 11 years.

Klitschko’s 18 consecutive successful title defenses are third most in heavyweight history behind Louis’ all-time record of 25 and Larry Holmes’ 20. Klitschko is coming off a one-sided decision victory against then-undefeated Bryant Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

With the win against Jennings, Klitschko moved to 25-2 overall in world title bouts. When he faces Fury, it will be the 28th world heavyweight title bout Klitschko will be participating in, which will break the all-time record of 27 that he and Louis share.

England’s 6-foot-9, 260-pound Fury, 26, who will be the sixth undefeated opponent Klitschko will be facing in his last seven title defenses, is known for his outlandish trash talk, which undoubtedly will help sell the fight.

But Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) has also earned his position as Klitschko’s mandatory challenger. He scored a 10th-round knockout of contender Dereck Chisora — his second win against him — in their November title elimination bout. Fury knocked out Christian Hammer in the eighth round on Feb. 28 to stay busy before the title shot.

“I promise I won’t do a David Haye and s— myself. I’ll KO this super champ. I don’t talk unless I can back it up,” said Fury, taking a shot at countryman David Haye, who trash-talked Klitschko relentlessly and then did virtually nothing in a one-sided decision loss he blamed on a sore little toe when they met in a 2011 title unification bout.

Boente said the bout will be televised on HBO in the United States and RTL in Germany — networks that have contracts with Klitschko. He said the television outlet in the United Kingdom was not settled. He said talks are ongoing with ITV, Sky Sports and BT.

“We are happy we found an agreement in the end,” Boente said. “There are always certain points and certain issues you have to deal with but the good thing is we reached an agreement and that’s what counts. Maybe it was good we had the pressure of the purse bid to reach an agreement.

“Mick Hennessy and myself both said why is it necessary to give other promoters a chance to outbid us and promote the fight when we could have a nice cooperation? I am confident we will work together very well. We all want this to be a megaevent. The fight inside the ring could be absolutely thrilling and we will make sure that there will be a sold-out arena and television viewers around the world for this great fight.”

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Fury risking mandatory title shot

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Tyson Fury has promised to stop Christian Hammer when they meet Saturday in England.

Tyson Fury, the big (6-foot-9, 260 pounds) and brash British heavyweight contender, has a world title shot coming his way in the near future. He is the mandatory challenger for champion Wladimir Klitschko.

But rather than wait on that fight, which could take place as soon as this summer, Fury is putting his position at stake by taking on Christian Hammer on Saturday (BoxNation in the United Kingdom) at The O2 arena in London.

As usual, Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) is predicting a devastating performance in what should be his final fight before fighting for the world title — if he wins.

“I’ve had a great camp, training has gone very well, and because of that I don’t see this fight going beyond five rounds,” Fury said. “I want the knockout and that’s what I’m out to get. There’s a reason this bill is being labeled Risky Business, because of everything that is on the line. I’m mandatory to face Wladimir Klitschko next, but if I don’t win this fight I’ll lose that mandatory position and my chance to fight for the world title.

“We’ve seen fighters in the past who have been in a similar position and lost, but that’s not going to happen with me. The reason is because I’m not overlooking Christian Hammer. I’ve seen him in the amateurs and I’ve seen the progress he has made in the paid ranks. He’s a very good fighter and not someone you can overlook. But a Tyson Fury fight is never boring, and I can guarantee excitement and drama when I step in the ring. Put it this way: Someone is getting knocked out and it isn’t going to be me.”

Fury, 26, looked superb in his last outing, a one-sided 10th-round demolition of Dereck Chisora in their rematch. The victory in the world title elimination fight netted Fury the European title and also made him Klitschko’s mandatory challenger, although if Fury defeats Hammer and Bryant Jennings upsets Klitschko on April 25, Fury would be next up to face Jennings.

The 6-2, 250-pound Hammer (17-3, 10 KOs) is from Romania and lives in Germany, and he has not lost since 2010 and is riding a 10-fight winning streak. He believes he will upset Fury.

“Tyson Fury will not go the distance against me,” said Hammer, 27. “He will be getting knocked out clean and left to pick up the pieces after the fight. He cannot hurt me with his punches because I’m in the best shape of my career for this fight, and he will not last against me. He has been put down before. He can be hit and hurt. He has plenty of heart, but once I put him down he will stay down.

“I’ve taken this fight because I know I can get the Klitschko world title fight when I beat him. Klitschko is talking about fighting Fury, but he will be talking my name once I knock out Fury.”

Also on the card, Dmitry Chudinov (14-0-2, 9 KOs), 28, of Russia, will make the third defense of his interim middleweight belt when he faces Chris Eubank Jr. (18-1, 13 KOs), 25, of England.

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Fury says Hammer not in his class, still targets Klitschko and Wilder

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Tyson Fury (right) was last in the ring for a dominant stoppage of domestic rival Dereck Chisora last November. Photo by Julian Finney / Getty Images

By:  Tom Gray –

When unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury steps in the ring to face Christian Hammer in London this Saturday he’ll just be glad to have the work. Prior to defeating old foe Dereck Chisora in a rematch this past November, Fury had fought just once in 18 months.

“I thought I put on a spectacular performance against Chisora, “said the 26-year-old Fury, who is THE RING’s No. 3-rated heavyweight. “I fought southpaw most of the way, against the WBO number one contender, and barely took a punch. That’s never been done and I was fresh after 10 rounds.

“I could have fought like that all night long and was very impressed with my showing after all the inactivity.”

The 27-year-old Hammer (17-3, 10 knockouts) is a Germany-based Romanian who has some skills, but he hasn’t mixed with anything resembling Fury. A dominant win over American veteran Kevin Johnson was a good result but the British star is unimpressed, both with his pending opponent and the division itself.

Fury said, “Hammer has decent footwork and he punches well in combination but a good stiff hook to the jaw will sort that out. I want to stay busy and I’m looking forward to getting back in there, but I’m not really bothered about any of these heavyweights at the moment.

“I want to fight because that’s what I get paid for.”

Fury’s rematch with Chisora was billed as an eliminator for the WBO title, which is currently held by THE RING champion Wladimir Klitschko. The very mention of the legendary Ukrainian, who faces Bryant Jennings on April 25 in New York, changes the mood perceptibly.

“Klitschko won’t fight me – ever,” said Fury with rippling frustration. “He’ll vacate the WBO title because it’s game over for him if we do get it on. I expect Wladimir to fight someone else, after he beats Jennings, which means the WBO will strip him and I’ll be fighting for a vacant title.

“When he vacates that belt, everyone will know who the real champion is because Klitschko would rather step down than face me. I’ll take Wladimir out, he knows it and I know it. People will start to believe he’s been avoiding me when he dumps that belt.”

Fury, a natural salesman, brightens up at the very mention of unbeaten WBC title holder Deontay Wilder, who defeated Bermane Stiverne last month. A matchup between the two would be a money spinner and the Englishman has been eyeing up the Anglo American confrontation for a long time.

“Wilder has a good team behind him and they’re making the right moves,” said Fury (23-0, 17 KOs). “I don’t expect them to come after me immediately because they’ll want to make some cash first. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the biggest money fight out there for him but I’m also the biggest risk.

“The thing is, when we do fight, it will be a box office smash. Both of us are young, colorful, unbeaten and we’re crazy. It’s also USA versus UK, which hasn’t happened in a long time. We’ve spoken before and I told him this day would come and he agreed. The hype started as soon as he beat Stiverne.

Fury continued, “The buildup would be as good as the fight, and someone would be getting knocked clean out. If Wilder stops a couple of mediocre opponents then they’re likely to make him a pay-per-view star in the States and then we’re talking about really big dollars.”

The prevailing thought is that 2015 will be the year when Tyson Fury gets his long awaited shot at glory and the timing could be perfect for fight fans. Whether the 6ft 10in colossus tackles the vast experience and calculated skills of Klitschko or the high voltage punching power of Wilder remains to be seen, but either match would be sizzling.

Is Christian Hammer a potential banana skin?

Fury said, “To be honest, Hammer is a decent European-level fighter but I’m planning on putting my fist straight through him. As soon as I hit him properly he’s gone.”

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Christian Hammer says Tyson Fury will not last the distance

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Christian Hammer (left) lands a left to Remigijus Ziausys during their six-round heavyweight bout at the Boerdelandhalle on Jan. 9, 2010 in Magdeburg, Germany. Hammer won a unanimous decision. Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images

Romanian heavyweight Christian Hammer insists he has the weapons and power to become the first man to defeat British contender Tyson Fury when they meet this Saturday, at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Germany-resident Hammer (17-3, 10 knockouts) believes Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) has made a major mistake taking him on ahead of a potential title shot at THE RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Indeed, he is warning that Manchester-man Fury, the WBO’s No. 1 contender, will see his dreams of ruling the division smashed to smithereens at the weekend.

“It’s show time on Saturday night! I’m here in London, nice and early, to finish my training and everything has gone perfect in camp,” said Hammer, who is on a 10-fight winning streak. “Tyson Fury will not go the distance against me. He will be getting knocked out clean and left to pick up the pieces after the fight.

“He cannot hurt me with his punches because I’m in the best shape of my career for this fight and he will not last against me.”

Hammer suspects 26-year-old Fury, having been dropped on several occasions during his unblemished career, is vulnerable against someone with his type of heavy punching ability. And he has also stated that, after taking care of RING No. 3-rated Fury, he will be the one lining up against all-conquering Klitschko, the IBF, WBO and WBA holder.

“Fury has been put down before – he can be hit and hurt,” said Hammer, 27, who fights out of Hamburg. “Fury has plenty of heart, but once I put him down he will stay down.

“I’ve taken this fight because I know I can get the Klitschko world title fight when I beat Fury. Klitschko is talking about fighting Fury – but he will be talking my name once I knockout Fury.”

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IT’S HAMMER TIME! CHRISTIAN HAMMER SAYS “YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS” AND PROMISES TO SMASH UP GIANT FURY

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WBO International Heavyweight title challenger Christian Hammer says he’ll smash-up Tyson Fury this Saturday night at The O2 and leave him on the boxing scrapheap.
The hard-hitting German based Romanian, ranked number three in the world by the WBO, believes he will cause a huge upset and be the first man to knockout the Manchester giant.

Fury took the risky defence against Hammer even though he has a guaranteed shot against reigning WBO World Heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko next.

Hammer says that Fury has made a big mistake.

“It’s showtime on Saturday night! I’m here in London nice and early to finish my training and everything has gone perfect in camp,”said Hammer.

“Tyson Fury will not go the distance against me he will be getting knocked-out clean and left to pick up the pieces after the fight.  He cannot hurt me with his punches because I’m in the best shape of my career for this fight and he will not last against me,”

“He has been put down before, he can be hit and hurt.  He has plenty of heart, but once I put him down he will stay down,”

“I’ve taken this fight because I know I can get the Klitschko world title fight when I beat him.  Klitschko is talking about fighting Fury, but he will be talking my name once a I knockout Fury.”

Tyson Fury’s WBO International Heavyweight title defence against Christian Hammer, and Chris Eubank Jnr’s. challenge for the Interim WBA World Middleweight Championship against champion Dmitry Chudinov headlines an action packed show featuring the best of British talent, including: Cromer ace Liam Walsh defending his British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles against Joe Murray; Bradley Skeete returning to action and challenging for the Vacant WBO European Welterweight title against Anzor Gamgbeli; big-hitting Enfield star Frank Buglioni making the first defence, in his second reign, of the WBO European Super-Middleweight title against Ivan Jukic; plus exciting welterweight Ahmet Patterson defending his English Welterweight Championship against Sunderland’s undefeated Glenn Foot; Erith talent Lewis Pettitt, undefeated Manchester light-heavyweight talent Dempsey Fury; plus the pro debut of Essex super-featherweight prospect Boy Jones Jnr.

Peter Fury’s training camp diary

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By Peter Fury –

Sparring began for real on Monday and it was great to see Tyson and Hughie get put through their paces by a number of quality heavyweights. For this particular camp we’ve got Kevin Johnson, the American heavyweight due to fight Anthony Joshua in April, as well as Marcin Rekowski, who is 15-1, and Sean ‘Sexy’ Turner from Dublin. It’s a nice mix of experience and youth. We’ve had Kevin twice in camp now and it’s always good to have him around. He’s a good lad, Kevin, and he’s the ultimate professional. He does his job properly. When he’s got the bit between his teeth and has a big fight coming up, you get good work out of him. He does what he needs to do and is ideal for what we need.

Not everybody is, though. The likes of Johnson come back to us because they like what they see, we’re fair with them and they want to return. The ones who don’t come back, however, are the ones who come over and don’t perform in sparring. They don’t give me what I want. Some of them come over and think they’re just getting an easy payday. They do the bare minimum and expect that to be enough. Then comes the reality check. We soon get rid of them.

Sparring, I believe, is majorly important to a fighter’s development. You have to have it because it helps detect any mistakes and flaws. You’ll quickly pick up on and work on mistakes if a boxer is being punished by a sparring partner every time he makes one. Sparring puts boxers under pressure. They’re getting punched back and they’re simulating a fight.

Also, when you have sparring partners they’re not used to, and you then rotate them – in and out – it’s a different ball game. It’s impossible for Tyson and Hughie to get accustomed to any one style. Just when they think they’ve sussed one of the sparring partners, he’ll jump out and another one will jump in. It teaches them to be adjustable and to develop not just one way of fighting but a variety of ways of fighting.

Typically, I’ll have a sparring partner do no more than one round at a time. Johnson, for example, will do a round and will then be replaced by Rekwoski. After Rekowski’s done a round, he’ll be replaced by Turner and so on. I find it keeps them fresh if I’m only giving them a round at a time. They know they can give their maximum effort for that one round and then refresh afterwards ready for the next round we need from them.

Tyson and Hughie, during these sessions, will simply work on what they’re being told. It’s almost as if the opponent in front of them doesn’t exist. They’ll just go through the motions and work on what they need to work on. They’ll work on their flaws. If we’re looking to work a certain style, they’ll practice that and make the mistakes in sparring rather than on fight night itself. They’re just working on their game plan. It’s not about getting the better of the sparring partner or beating them up. That doesn’t prove anything at this stage. They have no interest in that. They’re simply focused on working towards fight night.

All in all, I’ll look for Tyson and Hughie to spar five days a week and they’ll do ten rounds each. It’s enough.

For Hughie, in particular, this camp is vital. Hughie is in a big fight and he’s right up there now and ready to go in with the big boys. He’s always done full-on sparring, to be fair, so this is nothing new to him. The only things that have hampered Hughie in the past have been health issues.

But now he’s back to full strength and he’s going okay so far. So far, so good. He doesn’t have a problem being thrown into hard sparring. He can mix it with the best. He’s shown that in previous camps; anybody who has shared the ring with him knows how good Hughie Fury is…

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Hughie Fury fights dangerman Andriy Rudenko over ten rounds on February 21 in Monte Carlo, televised by Channel 5. Meanwhile, Tyson Fury defends his WBO International heavyweight title against Christian Hammer on February 28 at the O2 Arena, live on BoxNation

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Klitschko: Tyson Fury Fight Will Eventually Happen

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By Edward Chaykovsky

WBO/IBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51KOs) has brushed off the trash talk from undefeated contender Tyson Fury (21-0, 15KOs). Fury recently lashed out at Klitschko, claiming the unified champ was ducking him and taking on poor opposition. Klitschko says his management have tried to secure Fury for several dates, but Fury’s team says the boxer is not ready for such a task.

“We’ve been asking Tyson Fury about the fight and his team keeps saying he’s not ready yet, I am not done yet. I am not sure if it was from him but definitely from his management team. I think that such a fight against Fury that if he will continue to be successful will happen and I feel kind also bad that this fight with Tyson Fury and David Haye didn’t work [out], because of the injury to David Haye, but I think it would of been an interesting fight,” Klitschko told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

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