Billy Joe Saunders: Tyson Fury is in a very good place
Tyson Fury is in ‘a very good place’ and on track for his heavyweight comeback and has already shed a few pounds, according to Billy Joe Saunders.
WBO world middleweight champion Saunders is in Marbella with Fury as he bids to get the former heavyweight champion back in shape following his struggles outside the ring.
Anthony Joshua called out Fury for a fight in the immediate aftermath of his stunning 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday night, and it appears to have acted as an additional source of motivation for the Gypsy King.
Tyson Fury has not fought since November 2015, but Billy Joe Saunders says he is fighting fit
Saunders, currently with the Fury in a training camp in Marbella, was speaking to talkSPORT
In a bid to regain his fighting weight, Fury has embarked on a training camp at the Spanish coastal resort, and Saunders claims Fury has lost 22 pounds (1.57 stone) during his stay.
Speaking to talkSPORT on Tuesday morning, Saunders told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show: ‘Tyson is in a very, very good place, everything is back on track.
‘Training is going absolutely brilliant, he’s looking faster and sharper than ever. He’s lost 22 pounds in a week. Everything is looking good for him.’
Ahead of his fight with Klitschko in November 2015, Fury trained with the highest ranked heavyweight kickboxers from Singapore-based company Glory, Rico Verhoeven and Benjamin Adegbuyi.
After such a stunning victory, Anthony Joshua has truly announced himself as a global star
Fury watched Joshua’s fight with Wladimir Klitschko and he believes he would ‘play with him’
Wins: 25 (18 KOs)
Wins: 19 (19 KOs)
But he has begun his journey back to full fitness by stripping the fat in the Spanish heat, after receiving treatment for mental health issues and losing his belts and boxing licence over a failed drugs test.
The National Anti-Doping Panel will hear charges against Fury and his cousin this month, with the Fury camp confident of avoiding bans, but Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn believes a fight between the two British heavyweights is still ‘miles away’.
Joshua’s victory over Klitschko means he now holds the IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight titles, and he has vowed to go through his divisional rivals ‘one by one’.
Fury was called out in the ring by Joshua after the Brit won against Klitschko on Saturday
Joshua is plotting his next move following his heroic triumph in front of 90,000 at Wembley
Fury feels ready to take British sport’s new poster boy head on, branding Joshua a ‘pumped-up weight lifter’ and jibed that he could beat the 2012 Olympic champion ‘with one arm tied behind my back’.
Saunders added: ‘Me and Tyson watched the fight [Joshua vs Klitschko] and Tyson is very, very, very confident. He’s extremely confident.
‘AJ did well, you can’t take that away from him, he did very, very well. But I think Tyson has got a bit too much for him. Tyson will literally play with him.
‘Joshua is a good man, and I think he and Tyson will make history. It’s good for boxing to get this fight on. It’s the fight fans wants to see and I want to see it too.
‘Tyson’s already said that he doesn’t want a warm-up, he’ll go straight in, let’s get it on!’
Saunders believes Tyson and Joshua can make British boxing history if they meet in the ring
Fury is not interested in a warm-up fight and wants to head straight for a meeting with Joshua