Tyson Fury’s cut is going to take at least seven to eight weeks to heal completely. Nature and the healing process will take its course. It wouldn’t affect his preparation for Wilder as he wouldn’t be sparring yet anyway. He’s been in the gym constantly for 14 months now and his body needs a rest. He needs to rest, let his body rest, recuperate, spend time with his family. Hopefully he can do that. Hopefully and subject to the eye injury, Tyson should be able to get back training in the second week of December, which should give him plenty of time to prepare for Deontay Wilder. At this moment in time, I’ve no fears Tyson won’t be ready for February. That said, I won’t let him go into that fight unless he’s 100 per cent.
Wilder is fighting in November. I’m not sure what’s been going on behind the scenes with them or why they’ve scheduled it so late, but that could be a problem if he picks up an injury. Imagine if he got cut like Tyson? Wilder keeps saying he’s ‘changed’ Tyson forever, that he’ll never be the same fighter again. What a load of nonsense. Maybe Wilder is trying to give himself a confidence boost. Tyson looked even sharper in his fight against Tom Schwarz than he did against Wilder.
Tyson got cut and that hampered his performance against Otto Wallin, end of. His vision was impaired. Normally he’d have dodged everything Wallin threw at him. Wilder surely knows boxing math never adds up. Based on Fury’s last fight you’d have to say Wallin would give Wilder a lot of problems. Does that add up? They’re two different opponents. Eye injuries are tricky. Some fighters never recover from them, but Tyson is cut from a different cloth to most fighters. Wilder can target the cut as much as he likes, but as he found in the last fight, all he can hope for is that Tyson isn’t as elusive as he was the first time.
I’m serious when I tell you I’d be devastated if Daniel Dubois doesn’t become a heavyweight legend. Not just a world champion, I’ve no doubt about that, but a legend that will compete with the achievements of Lennox Lewis and Tyson Fury. But to be a legend, you have to win what the likes of Lewis and Fury have.
He wants all the belts available to him before a world title bid, which is why he’s fighting Ebenezer Tetteh on Friday night at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s for the Commonwealth belt. It’s his 13th fight on Friday, so I’m hoping that isn’t a bad omen…
Tetteh is much more experienced than Daniel and we’ve had some interesting reports back from his camp. He’s sparred with Richard Lartey and from all accounts he’s had the better of him. I want Daniel to continue fighting like he did against Nathan Gorman. I don’t really want a repeat of the Lartey fight, as entertaining as that was. The jab was the difference between Daniel and Gorman.
If he comes through this fight, I have my eye on some big names for him. We want the likes of Joe Joyce. We’d fight Derek Chisora in a heartbeat, Joseph Parker too. We offered Chisora a lot of money to fight Joyce or Daniel and he didn’t want to know. I think Daniel has the fire power to hurt every heavyweight on the planet. Everything is there for him, he just needs a couple more fights to get more experience so he can have the tools to deal with every direction a fight could go. I’ve been thinking I should take Dave Dubois down to the sperm bank. Daniel’s younger brother, Prince, seems a gifted boxer. Daniel’s sister, Caroline, is just a remarkable amateur. I’d mark her as our best shot at a gold at the Tokyo Olympics next year. She spars with men and gets the better of them too! She could be a sensation in the pros.
One woman who could pave the way for Caroline is Nicola Adams. She’s been out for a year and I’m praying for an end to this stop-start style career she’s had so far in the paid ranks. She needs continuity. Maria Salinas is a tough test for her.