Tommy Fury tells talkSPORT ahead of pro boxing debut: ‘If Tyson can go to the pits of hell and back, there is no excuse for me’
Tommy Fury has hailed Tyson Fury as a huge motivation as he prepares to make his professional boxing debut this weekend.
The 19-year-old will begin his journey in the paid ranks at Manchester Arena on Saturday, on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s IBF featherweight title defence against Carl Frampton.
Tyson Fury spent two-and-a-half years out of the ring after becoming world heavyweight world champion as he battled issues with drugs, drink and depression.
He made his comeback in 2018 and will end the year back among the elite, having come close to ending Deontay Wilder’s reign as WBC champion with a sensational performance in their fight in LA on December 1.
Asked how much of an influence Tyson has been on him, Tommy Fury told talkSPORT: “It is pure motivation. From what he has been through and from what he has done in the last three years has been unbelievable.
“He has been to the pits of hell and to come to the back to the top of hill again has been remarkable.
“It has given me all the motivation in the world to think if he can do that and come back, there is no excuses for me.”
Fury had only a handful of amateur fights but has no regrets about transitioning ahead of his first professional bout against Latvia’s Jevgenijs Andrejevs, who has lost 102 of his 116 contests.
The teenager, who will initially campaign at light-heavyweight, said: “I never liked amateur boxing. It just made sense for me to turn professional.
“I think I’ve got a pro style. In my opinion I carry power so, especially in the pros when you’ve got smaller gloves on, you can sit down on your shots a lot more and actually sink them in.”
Despite the number of losses on his record, Andrejevs is a battle-hardened veteran who has only been stopped on 13 occasions and though Fury has lofty ambitions, he is not underestimating the 37-year-old.
He added: “I’m not overlooking Saturday because to move on to the next level you’ve got to get past your first one.
“Saturday’s the one for me, Saturday’s my world title fight.
“Since I was five or six years old, all I wanted to do was be a professional boxer and a world champion.
“One of them is ticked off and the other one is in the making. But I’m going to work very hard and do the best that I can in the ring to make sure that it happens.”
Source: SportsLatest TS