The younger brother of lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has landed a promotional deal with promoter Frank Warren. The 19-year old Tommy Fury will be making his professional boxing debut on December 22 in Manchester, England. He followed the footsteps of his brother Tyson and cousin Hughie, who have already made big waves in the professional boxing scene.
The latest Fury to turn pro is currently training under the tutelage of British boxer Ricky Hatton. The young Hulk will star in his first professional fight next month in a boxing event that will be headlined by Carl Frampton vs Josh Warrington bout. His opponent has yet to be determined.
Expectations are sky-high for the light-heavyweight boxer as his brother and cousin have already established a name in the sport. Tyson won the unified heavyweight title in 2015 while Hughie currently holds the British heavyweight strap. But Tommy stressed that he does not feel any pressure despite having some big shoes to fill.
“It’s big shoes to fill, isn’t it. But sure, it’s a big name to live up to, but I don’t feel any added pressure on myself because of it. I know that I will make my own name in this sport.”
“I want to be world champion. I think if you’re turning pro that has to be what you are aiming to achieve,” Fury said. “I don’t want to be fighting people I can easily knock over. I want to be progressed by stepping up in level every time I step into the ring. I want to be fighting someone who wants to fight me back and try and make things competitive.”
The former world champion, who is set to challenge WBC heavyweight kingpin Deontay Wilder on December 1, is very supportive of his younger brother’s decision to follow the same path as his. But he stressed that Tommy has to do it by himself to become a world champion like him.
“He’s going to do his own thing. I’m a big believer that if you’re good enough you will do it yourself, you don’t need anyone else. He can’t just jump in and be like a world champion’s brother, he has to earn his own stripes like I did.”
Asked about their similarities, Tyson said that Tommy needs to be a world champion first before he can compare himself.
“He’s only a young lad, he’s had 12 amateur fights and won 11 but no professional fights. Is he as good as me? A lineal world heavyweight champion? The answer would be no. In ten years, when he proves himself and he becomes the world champion, then he can compare himself. He’s only 19, if I could feel his power at 29 then I’m in trouble aren’t I?”
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