Story and photos by David Baggs
Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs) opened his training camp to the media today, putting on a brief display of shadow boxing and pad work before making himself available to the press for questions. Fury, who now calls Montreal his new home, has setup training at a small gym (The Final Round) in Ottawa, Ontario which is home to some young budding Canadian pros in Andrew Gardiner (7-0, 3 KOs) and Pascal Villeneuve (1-0, 1 KO). The 24 yr old brash talking heavyweight is only 19 days away from his upcoming showdown with 2 time world cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs), in a 12 round IBF Heavyweight elimination bout which will take place in the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Fury has been very vocal, citing he’ll destroy Cunningham and knock the former champ out of the division entirely. Big words from a big man who is not short on confidence. Fightnews caught up with the undefeated UK heavyweight to get his thoughts on his American debut on April 20th and high risk fight against Cunningham.
FN: Steve Cunninghan, a smallish heavyweight who you have been adamantly stating that not only with you knock out but knock him out of the heavyweight division altogether. Why so confident?
Fury: I am a confident person to start with but when they bring in a 6ft 3in 200lbs guy and put him in with a 6’9 255lbs solid machine, there is an era of confidence that you’re gonna do a job on him. I believe that I’m gonna be the most dominate heavyweights in the world. If I have a hard time in there with a guy lik Steve Cunningham, that suggests that I’m not gonna be that champion that I think I am. I’m a realist. I dont talk rubbish. If I am going to be the dominant champion that I think I am, then I should take care of Cunningham no problem. If I do (have problems), then I’m a fraud.
FN: Cunningham is fresh off a disputed loss to Adamek where he looked really good using some timely lateral movement and a crisp jab. Do you think he’s look to apply the same plan against you or will he be on his bike the whole fight?
Fury: I anticipate that he’ll be on his bicycle and use the entire ring and eventually tire himself out. I’m going to catch him. No question about that. I’m a very fit athlete. I have trained harder than I every have before. Going 12 rounds will be a walk in the park. I can go 20 rounds if I need to but there won’t be a reason to.
FN: You’ve told everyone in the press that you will knock him out, do you not think that this will add a little more motivation to his camp. A man with nothing to lose is a dangerous man you know.
Fury: Listen, anyone who gets in there with Tyson Fury is fully motivated. I seem to get the best fighters out there because they know that if they beat me, a world ranked fighter, they’ll get a shot at the Klitchkos. Every man has a puncher’s chance. We are all made of blood, bone, and chin. If he can chin me, then he’ll be on the road to glory. If he can do it, I’ll shake his hand and say “Well done. Good job.”
FN: You’re a ranked heavyweight fighting in a fight where you have really nothing to gain and risk everything if you lose. WIll nothing short of a sensational knockout against Cunningham be enough?
Fury: I’ll do whatever it takes to get the “W” whether the fight lasts 10 seconds or the entire 12 rounds. I’m not going to America to play games, I’ve gonna there to do a demolition job on a cruiserweight. We’ll see if this cruiserweight can take a true heavyweight’s power. Forget Tomasz Adamek, he’s a cruiserweight as well. We are talking about a full fledged heavyweight who can seriously punch. If he can (take it), good luck to him. If he can’t, goodbye.
FN: You’ve talked plenty about fighting Wladimir Klitschko. After Cunningham, do you believe you are ready for that jump or would you need one or two more fights before?
Fury: I am ready, Wladimir Klitschko doesn’t want to fight me. I’ve called him out, called him names, many, many times and he just does not want to fight me. He is not a fighting man, not a fighting champion. He’s a fraud! He hasn’t fought anyone decent in the last 10 years. I am ready. I’ve been ready for the past 14 fights. The winner of my fight with Derek Chisora was promised a fight against Wladimir. Now, 6 fights later and still no shot. You heard it here first Wladimir Klitschko wont fight Tyson Fury, he’ll reliquish all his belts without fighting me and retire.
FN: Before I let you go, I will through two names out there and you tell me your thoughts on these fighters. Both guys have been bringing out your name over the past year.
First Tony Thompson.
Fury: He’s an old pensioner. Always out of shape. Glorified journeyman who cashed in against a British Hype job.
Secondly David Price.
Fury: Pure British Hype. We’ve seen it all before. He’s gonna be great. He’s gonna be a champion. He gets in there and cant fight a lick. Typical. Nothing but pure hype.
FN: Thanks Tyson.
Fury: My Pleasure.