If heavyweight hopeful Hughie Fury needed an extra pep-talk ahead of next month’s showdown against Joseph Parker, then he has received a boost from one of the best motivators of all time.
Fury will face New Zealand’s Parker for the WBO title, in Manchester, on September 23, as the cousin of Tyson Fury vies for a first major championship.
But the boyhood Manchester United fan has received support from an unlikely source after ex-Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson sent a letter to the 22-year-old.
— Hughie Lewis Fury (@hughiefury) June 30, 2017
Ferguson has wished Fury all the best for the bout and shared some of his sporting wisdom.
“Having spoken to one of my old players Frank "the King" McDougall who speaks so highly of you and your admiration of myself and United I felt I should write to you and wish you well with your big fight coming up,” said Ferguson.
“I really do hope you win against your opponent Joseph Parker when you contest the WBO Heavy Weight Championship.
Thank you to @MrAlexFerguson for this. Truly humbled.
Great man. Great club. Great city.
— Hughie Lewis Fury (@hughiefury) August 15, 2017
“I always said to our players before big games "play the game not the occasion" so remember to concentrate on that aspect of the fight.”
Fury shared Ferguson’s letter on Twitter this week, along with expressing his gratitude for the gesture.
“Thank you to Sir Alex Ferguson for this. Truly humbled,” said Fury.