‘It’s time to believe the hype’

Tyson Fury (left) in action against Kevin Johnson.
Tyson Fury (left) in action against Kevin Johnson.
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Tyson Fury will silence his doubters when he makes his American debut this Saturday night, according to his trainer.

The Morecambe man’s uncle Peter says fight fans will see why there is so much hype surrounding the undefeated giant as he takes on former world cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The winner on April 20 will be one fight away from a mandatory shot at Wladimir Klitschko’s IBF heavyweight crown.

Peter said: “We’ve been at camp in Ottawa, Canada and it’s gone great, Tyson’s in the best shape he’s ever been in.

“The fans are going to enjoy the ride and believe what they see rather than what’s being said.”

Tyson, whose perfect 20-fight record includes 14 knockouts, vowed to “take no prisoners” against the Philadelphia native.

The 24-year-old former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion said: “This is a great opportunity for me to come to the US and showcase my talents at a great venue such as Madison Square Garden.

“The fight fans better be prepared for a good old fashioned fight, because I’m coming to town and I’m taking no prisoners.

“Steve Cunningham, you’re in big trouble, I hope you’ve been training really hard because I know I have and it’s fight time.”

Cunningham, 36, has five defeats on his 30-fight record, the most recent a controversial points loss to former WBC Light Heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek.

Peter said: “I’m expecting the best Steve Cunningham ever. We’re over-prepared for him.

“But I see Tyson systematically handing out punishment for as long as the fight lasts.

“I expect a knockout.”

Looking ahead, the Morecambe man has long been linked with several possible clashes with other British heavyweights.

Peter admits Team Fury would be interested in facing David Haye but insists they are focused on taking the ranking route to world glory which this fight offers.

He said: “We would be interested in Haye, but not (David) Price or (Dereck) Chisora.

“But at the moment we’re only focusing on getting the mandatory shot to fight Wladimir.

“That’s where we’re heading and are 100 per cent focused on it.”

Channel 5 will broadcast the fight from 9.30pm after doubts about the network’s future commitment to boxing.

The show will also be broadcast on NBC - only the third time boxing has been on network television in 
the US since 1993 – giving Fury unprecedented exposure.