Lee On Fury: ‘He’s One Of The Biggest Athletes In The World’
Admiring himself, Tyson Fury’s own team has joined him on that journey.
Trainer Andy Lee, a former WBO and WBC Middleweight Champion, is now in the corner of Fury, the lineal and WBC Heavyweight Champion. He has previously stated that Tyson could beat Anthony Joshua within eight rounds. Now, he is doubling down on Tyson admiring his career by talking to Boxing Scene about what he believes to be a fact.
Tyson won the lineal heavyweight title from Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. It was considered a true upset. He then drew against Deontay Wilder before signing with Top Rank. In February, Fury wiped out Wilder with vicious shots. He is now on the road to becoming undisputed champion. Lee believes his accomplishments don’t need to be questioned.
“He didn’t get the recognition for beating Klitschko,” Lee stated. “I think it demoralized him and he rejected boxing. This time, though, he has gotten the adoration. He’s in a much better place [mentally and emotionally]. He’s in good spirits and he’s better prepared now to handle it. Training for him is the key. Keeping in shape physically will help with him mentally. His level of fame is as big as it’s ever been. He’s one of the biggest athletes in the world.”
In preparation for his rematch with Wilder, Fury parted ways with his original trainer. In the best shape of his career and clean, Fury chose to work with Lee, who had 35 wins in a career that went from 2006-2017.
Fury has since stated that he wants to fight until he is 40, facing all comers. This includes another potential run with WWE. If he can beat Wilder in a trilogy fight by the end of the year, he has a shot at facing Joshua for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles. After that? The possibilities are endless, but Lee believes nobody will be able to touch him.
“Tyson will reign as long as he wants to,” Lee went on to say. “He’s talked about retiring in two fights, and I can see that happening. I can see him fulfilling that. If he beats Wilder again and Anthony Joshua, he’s the greatest heavyweight of all time. Now it’s only his desire with how long he wants to fight. This era of heavyweights, they are all very dangerous. The heavyweight division and the top 15 is as great as it’s been since Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Ron Lyle, and Jerry Quarry.”