ove Islander, social media star, younger brother of Tyson – Tommy Fury has heard all the dismissive epithets.
And yet, the 22-year-old is confident he can start making a name for himself in the ring starting with Daniel Bocianski in his big brother’s heavyweight fight against Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.
Training with his brother ahead of his eighth professional fight, Fury Jr is confident he can begin to overthrow the doubters.
“Now that I’m on Love Island, everyone thinks I’m a social media star or Instagram star and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “People don’t understand my story and what I’ve been through. They just saw me on TV and left on that note.
“They don’t know I’ve been boxing all my life. It does not matter because they will see with his fight that I am a serious man and that I am not here to play.
“I don’t need to box. Boxing is too hard a game to be smashed all day every day when you don’t need to. The fact that I’m always here, hungry and sacrificing everything when I don’t need to, just shows everything about my character.
“I don’t think there’s anyone on this factory who wants it more than me. And when people say you can’t do it, that motivates me. It makes me want to prove everyone wrong. I can achieve my goal of becoming world champion.
Bocianski, with a 10-1 record, is a step up for Fury in front of more than 90,000 fans at Wembley, but he is confident of another victory in his quest to climb the ranks.
He fully feels the expectation of the surname but this is nothing new. “It’s a target on your back, always has been and always will be,” he said. “But I’ve learned to live with the pressure that comes with the name Fury because ever since I was a little kid there’s been this ‘let’s watch him fight, he’s Tyson’s brother, look at him. practice, watch him hit the pads”.
“Everything I do around boxing is under pressure because everyone just wants to connect because of the last name. You just have to learn how to use it. And I’m not trying to live up to Tyson, I’m not trying to be Tyson. There is only one Tyson and there will never be another. I just try to be the best version of myself.
He was like a sponge absorbing information from his brother during their pre-fight training camp, seeing how he approaches fights and storing all that information in his mind.
The #1 learning point was in terms of mentality, which led to him changing his approach. “Sometimes I thought all I needed was to be super strong and super fit,” he said, “now I’ve learned that as long as your mind is strong, that’s the way forward.
“For me, boxing is 95% mental. Anyone can do a six week training camp but having the mental capacity at night in front of a big crowd, running and executing a game plan. Tyson teaches a massive mental thing. It all depends on his state of mind, that’s his best attribute and the main thing I learned from him at camp.
The brother and father, Peter, who coaches him, have told him several times that he has the qualities to reach the top if he continues to work hard. His detractors say otherwise, although he says writing Furys is nothing new.
“We’ve seen it time and time again,” he said. “With Tyson’s first shot at the world title against Wladimir Klistchko, it was ‘he’s big, he’s got no chin, he’ll never beat a big one like Klitschko’. Time and time again, he’s been written off in his career and, guess what, he always proved them wrong. You’re going to see the exact same thing with me. We all have the same mentality.
As for Saturday’s main event, his prediction is that his brother’s fight against Dillian Whyte won’t go past the sixth round, calling it “one of Tyson’s easiest fights.”
As for his own fight, he’s done with the brash pre-fight predictions. “I just want to show what I can do.”