Trainer Peter Fury has visions of grandeur for October 24th in Dusseldorf, Germany, when his nephew, Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KO’s) will challenge Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KO’s) for his WBO, WBA Super, IBF and IBO World titles.
This will be the Furys’ first bid for a world title, and Peter hopes to bring every possible family member into the fold, on both sides.
Hughie Fury (15-0, 8 KO’s) has carved out a fine unbeaten streak since turning professional two years ago. He works under his father Peter’s guidance alongside Tyson, and the old man is looking to get him on the undercard for his cousin’s big night against some unbelievable opposition.
“We asked about the possibility of Hughie fighting Klitschko’s coach [Jonathan] Banks[29-3-1, 19KO’s) first of all, but if we can get Vitali out of retirement then that’s even better for us,” he told World Boxing News.
“Banks refused, I think because he wanted to stick to training Wladimir for the fight against Tyson, so why not get Vitali in and make it the Fury’s against the Klitschko brothers?”
So -in the absence of a world-class American operator- Peter Fury wants former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to leave his political post during a period of severe unrest in Ukraine, to come out of retirement and face a 20-year-old British prospect on his own little brother’s undercard. You can’t knock a man for trying.
Stranger things have happened in boxing, but this notion seems a rather infeasible one. Vitali has been away from the sport for almost three years and was struggling badly with injuries before he decided to step away. If he were to come back, it would surely be against a bigger name as a one-off extravaganza, so a blood war looks unlikely.
If nothing else, the names Peter Fury suggested illustrate the faith he has in his son’s ability. He has oft repeated that he would put his young kindred in with anyone in the world and actively searching out far more experienced and accomplished opposition is a testament to that.
“Vitali is a great champion, and I have nothing but respect for him, but I would have no problem putting Hughie in with him on October 24.”
“If we can’t get Vitali or Banks, we will look for a top name to continue Hughie’s progress.”
October 24th will be the most important evening in the Furys’ professional journey together, even if they won’t be joined by both the Brother Klitschko. Tyson is in for the fight of his life against the most dominant heavyweight champion in the last two decades while Hughie is set to make a huge leap up in class on the biggest stage he is likely to see for a while.
Peter Fury is looking to unleash two well-heeled rottweilers on the heavyweight division.