Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has moved to Big Bear Lake in California to intensify his training and preparation ahead of his heavyweight title clash with Deontay Wilder at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on December 1.
The 30-year-old is sparring at 7,000ft altitude where the air is considerably thinner in hopes his stamina will reach new heights and he can outlast the WBC king in five weeks time.
Fury will also have his undefeated record on the line, and although ‘The Gypsy King’ is busy in the gym fine-tuning his strategy for the upcoming mega-fight, he couldn’t help but take a pop at compatriot and heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua.
AJ currently holds the IBF, WBA and WBO straps, and is desperate to unify the division by meeting the winner of Fury/Wilder in April 2019, at Wembley Stadium.
With a proposed Wilder/Joshua winner-take-all collision on the line, negotiations broke down between Eddie Hearn and Shelly Finkel over the summer, and Fury has not been shy when expressing his opinions on his domestic rival, labelling the Watford-born bruiser a ‘p***y.’
That is what Fury said when he was asked to describe Joshua using just one word.
“The two best heavyweights with balls like King Kong are going to fight on December 1,” he said at a media workout in Los Angeles.
“The winner is the man. Him, that other guy (Joshua) and his promoter, they had their opportunity."
Fury was then asked about his conditioning and if he was in better shape now than he was three years ago when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf.
“The Tyson who beat Klitschko is dead and gone, that was years ago, I don’t live in the past I live for today. What happened yesterday is history."
Fury went on to discuss his new training facility at Big Bear with former heavyweight champion and British legend Lennox Lewis.
“Training at altitude has been very hard. The air is thin and it’s hard to breathe. I came over here and I was already very fit, could fight twelve rounds on the pads, no problem. Here, I am tired after three or four rounds,” he said.
“When not training I am thinking about training. When I’m not thinking about training I’m sleeping. When I’m not sleeping I’m eating, when I’m not eating, I’m resting, watching TV.
“I don’t leave Big Bear. I went down a mountain to Ontario last week, just to check everything was going right. I was feeling very tired in the gym.”
Lewis described his experience at altitude as ‘painful’ and said he couldn’t last more than a week at Big Bear when training under the harsh conditions back in his prime.
‘The Gypsy King’ concluded with a statement regarding his future in the ring after the fight and the possibility of retirement.
“I don’t look past Deontay Wilder, I’m only interested in that. I just want to win, I might retire after the fight, I just don’t know,” he said.