Tyson’s trainer on Fury-Ustinov: Our family always comes first

Tyson Fury and Alexander Ustinov go head-to-head in Manchester with promoter Frank Warren looking on. Picture: @KarenPriestley Photography
Tyson Fury and Alexander Ustinov go head-to-head in Manchester with promoter Frank Warren looking on. Picture: @KarenPriestley Photography

Tyson Fury’s uncle and trainer says family had to come first when it came to pulling the Morecambe heavyweight out of his fight with Alexander Ustinov in Manchester on Saturday.

Peter Fury’s elder brother and Tyson’s first trainer Hughie, from Lancaster, is critical but stable in the intensive care unit of the Royal Lancaster Infirmary after suffering a blood clot following a routine knee operation.

Team Fury received a call on Friday regarding the situation and took the decision to pull their man out on the day of the fight with the big Belarusian, who was already a late replacement for Dereck Chisora after Tyson’s British heavyweight rival had broken a hand sparring Ustinov.

Hughie Snr has recently been guiding the career of his son Hughie Dempsey, a 19-year-old super middleweight prospect based in Skerton.

In a statement released to World Boxing News on Sunday, Peter Fury said: “On the afternoon of the 25th of July, I received a call just after leaving the press conference for Tyson and Eddie Chambers’ fights at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester.

“My elder brother had gone for a routine knee operation to place a pin in his leg below the knee.

“The operation was a success as fully expected, however a blood clot developed due to having a cast on his leg and sadly it travelled through to his arteries making the situation far worse.

“Since the operation, Hughie has been in the intensive care unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary where we are all by his side awaiting news.

“He is in a critical but stable condition at present and we are very worried.

“Hughie trained Tyson for both John McDermott fights and Dereck Chisora in the past and this situation has really affected Tyson and the whole family and we are praying for a positive outcome.

“We would like to thank everyone for all the nice messages of support and prayers for our family as they have been deeply moving and much appreciated.

“We are sorry to all the fans that we had to cancel the fights due to what is a terrible situation for all involved.

“As everybody knows, we are a very close family and nothing, absolutely nothing, comes before our brother and Tyson’s uncle’s well being.

“We would also like to give a special thanks to the doctors and staff at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for their continued dedication in the work they do - especially in the ICU unit.

“The well wishes and prayers are all we have at this time as we are awaiting our brother’s progress in what are very anxious times.

“Our love and respect goes out to all our friends and fans who are wishing us the best. God bless all of you.”

Promoter Frank Warren said a new date for Fury and Chisora’s world title eliminator would be announced next week.

Saturday night’s show at the Phones 4 U Arena still went ahead with Billy Joe Saunders stopping Italian Emanuele Blandamura in the eighth round to lift the vacant European middleweight title.