Tyson Fury is ready to take on any heavyweight in the world according to his trainer.
The Morecambe man’s uncle Peter Fury says the undefeated giant is in the best shape of his life heading into his biggest fight yet against Kevin Johnson at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast this Saturday.
The bout is seen as the next step for Fury on the road to a shot at one of the heavyweight-ruling Klitschko brothers.
“Tyson is in fantastic shape,” said uncle Peter.
“He’s in the best shape of his life both mentally and physically and he’s going to put on a show for the world this Saturday.”
Johnson represents a step up in class for the former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, who has won 14 of his 19 fights by knockout.
The 33-year-old American went the distance with Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and will pose a real test according to Peter Fury.
“He’s an awkward customer,” he said.
“He’s hard to hit and goes into a kind of survival mode in most of his fights. It makes it very hard to get him out of there, which is what Vitali Klitschko found.
“Johnson’s a world-class fighter but we’re looking to make an example out of him which no-one else has done.”
Johnson wasn’t the first choice of opponent for Hennessy Sports, Fury’s promoters.
A host of names turned down the fight and undefeated Russian Denis Boytsov looked set for the clash, before deciding he needed more time to get ready himself for a battle with Fury.
“Tyson’s got all the ability,” said uncle Peter.
“He’s got great speed and ability for a heavyweight and people don’t want to get in the ring with him because they know they’re taking a big risk.
“People in the fight trade know how good Tyson is. Denis Boytsov said he needed more time to prepare and Ruslan Chagaev said Tyson is one of the best fighters in the world and didn’t want to take it with six to eight weeks notice.
“Tomasz Adamek priced himself out of the fight deliberately, Alexander Dimitrenko turned us down, Michael Grant turned us down and Tor Hamer, the first person we went to, turned it down as well.
“No one can say Tyson is avoiding anyone.
“Tyson is ready for anyone in the world which is maybe why we’ve had problems trying to make this fight.”
The Johnson fight will be Peter’s third training his nephew who went through a host of trainers, including the late, great Emanuel Steward, before settling on his uncle.
Fury has been exposed in earlier outings and criticised for his preparation but uncle Peter says people have to remember that the WBO intercontinental champion is still only 24 years of age.
“He’s only fought twice this year but we’ve been working on developing him into a man,” he said.
“He’s had learning fights and was getting hurt but he was only 22 and 23 and also has experience of going 10 or 12 rounds when not being in the best shape.
“But that’s all in the past now. He’s grown up properly and is a proper athlete.
“I’m very excited about the future.”
The fight is live on Channel 5 this Saturday, December 1, from 9pm.