Peter Fury has dismissed the idea Tyson Fury is set to retire and says the world heavyweight champion will fight on for the next decade.
The WBA Super and WBO title holder recently claimed his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on July 9 would be his last bout but his trainer and uncle has laughed off the notion.
When asked if his nephew will hang up the gloves after the clash in Manchester, Peter told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview: “Absolutely not. I think he’s going to be around for the next decade and he’s got to cement his legacy. I believe he will. He’s a fighting man down to his boots.
“The only way Tyson will walk away from boxing is if he gets nailed to the canvas. There’s your answer on that.”
Fury, who stunned the boxing world in Dusseldorf last November by ending Klitschko’s 11-year stranglehold on the top division, recently travelled to Hamburg to watch former foe Dereck Chisora take on Kubrat Pulev for the vacant European title.
Before touching down, the Lancastrian claimed he was eating chocolate and would be “cracking the champagne” if ‘Del Boy’ pulled off the upset but those who believed him are simply victims of the champion’s sense of mischief, according to his uncle.
Peter continued: “Tyson is always on the wind up. He’s training probably the hardest and the best he’s ever trained in his life for this second fight.
“I don’t say things lightly. You will see the shape he’s in for this second fight and he’ll be retaining his world titles and I’ve always said he’ll be around for a long time. Come July 9, this is what will happen.
“I think in another week he’ll plummet again in weight because that’s how his body works. He drops weight quick, then plateaus and stays there and then all of a sudden he’ll drop a lot of weight again.
“We’re very happy with his muscle mass and we’re very happy with his conditioning. I’ll give you an idea, in just over 10 days he’s lost over three per cent of body fat, which equates to 4kg of body fat. It’s coming off in all the right places.
“In the first fight, I wasn’t happy. He was very fit and trained hard but we had to take a lot of weight off him. He came into camp at 26 stone and hadn’t done any training at all. He had no muscle and it was all basically fat because he hadn’t been training.
“I had to get all the weight off him, strip him right down and then try and put a little bit of muscle back but it was very difficult. He wasn’t at his strongest in that fight.
“This time, he won’t be fitter because he was super-fit last time but he’s going to be a lot stronger. He’ll have a lot more power and this will be evident when he steps in the ring.”
Should Fury box on if he beats Klitschko for a second time, a unification bout with IBF world champion Anthony Joshua may be in the offing.