AFTER watching his unbeaten nephew Tyson Fury dismantle Finchley’s 30-year-old former world title challenger Dereck Chisora over 10 hugely one-sided rounds at London’s ExCel Arena last night (November 29), trainer Peter Fury stated that it is time people started giving the Mancunian giant the respect he deserves.
“I don’t think anyone outside of our team thought Tyson could do what he did to Chisora,” Peter said. “Everyone keeps going on about Anthony Joshua, but people forget Tyson is only 26, which is just a year older than Joshua. He’s a serious threat at world level.”
The calm coach was very pleased with his charge’s performance against old foe Chisora – a dominant retirement victory which saw Tyson become the British and European heavyweight champion, as well as the mandatory contender for the WBO title, currently held by Wladimir Klitschko.
“Tyson boxed to a clear game plan,” asserted Peter. “We planned it out beforehand – Tyson would box orthodox in the first round, then switch to southpaw in the second to keep Chisora guessing. If Dereck had begun to work Tyson out at southpaw, we would have switched stance again, however, he just kept eating shots from that stance, so we stuck with it.
“Chisora is always dangerous, so Tyson had to be patient. He hasn’t even got into third gear yet. There’s a lot more to come from him. I see him do many things in the gym that the public haven’t seen he can do. He can adapt to whatever game plan best fits for a certain opponent. That’s the big advantage he has over all the other heavyweights. If you’re fighting him, you just don’t know which Tyson Fury is going to turn up. It could be an orthodox Tyson or a southpaw Tyson.”
The ease with which Fury overcame Chisora led some in attendance to vocally display their disapproval of the lack of action in the contest. However, this did not concern Peter, who was simply focused on his fighter winning the bout and moving in line to face Klitschko next year.
“There was a lot at stake in the fight, so we weren’t going to take any chances and start trading with Chisora,” said Peter. “Tyson’s earned his chance against Klitschko now, and I’m very confident he can win a world title. He’s a super athlete. Now the Chisora fight is over, I can reveal that Tyson had been suffering from a virus in the lead-up to the bout. He’d been bedridden for three or four days and hadn’t trained properly for three-and-a-half weeks. We gave him plenty of saunas and a few walks, and he started feeling OK again, which shows what great condition he’s in.”