Fury Wants Bout With Samuel Peter

Boxingnews24.com William MacKay29th May, 2009

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury (6-0, 6 KOs) said that he thinks that a good opponent for him to fight next is former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-3, 23 KOs), according to Boxing News. However, Fury, 20, immediately said that his promoter wants him to work up to fights like that before taking a step up at against a fighter like Peter.

Fury thinks that a fight like this will be huge by the time he's 15-0, which at the pace that Fury is fighting at could be by next year at this time.

To be sure, it would be a big step up in competition for the 6′9″ Fury who up until this point has fought fighters with average ability and power. Peter, 28, has a lot of power as he showed in his fight with Wladimir Klitschko in 2005, a fight in which Peter knocked Wladimir down three times in a 12-round unanimous decision losing effort against the Ukrainian.

However, things have been going badly for Peter as of late as he's lost his last two fights to Vitali Klitschko and Eddie Chambers. Despite the losses, Peter would be a very dangerous opponent for a fighter like Fury because of his good chin, his heavy pressure and big power.

A more realistic opponent for Fury would be Derek Chisora, who recently defeated heavyweight Paul Butlin this past Friday. However, Fury doubts that fight will happen because Chisora is going after British heavyweight champion Danny Williams.

Fury acknowledges that Chisora would have little to gain for fighting him instead of Williams, because Chisora would get little credit if he were to beat him because Fury is just a prospect and not a champion like Williams. As such, it looks as if Fury will have to be content to go after a lesser known fighter, because the bigger names aren't likely an option for him at this time.

Fury doesn't want to go after easier fights, however, and wants only fights that he feels that he'll be challenged by and can learn from them something. The problem for Fury, however, is that there's not a lot of options for him in the UK for big fights.

If Fury wanted bigger fights, the place to be would be Germany of the U.S. where there's a number of good heavyweight contenders for Fury to fight. Additionally, Fury wants a new trainer, possibly one from the U.S. An ideal trainer for Fury would be someone like Emanuel Steward who specializes in working with taller heavyweights like Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko.

It's unknown whether Steward would have the interest or the time to train Fury, though. If Fury would flexible about living in Detroit where Steward lives, it would be a workable situation for Fury and he'd be able to learn a lot by being around Steward, Andy Lee and Wladimir Klitschko.

In the little time that Fury spent sparring with Ukrainian heavyweights for his last fight with Scotto Belshaw, Fury seemed to improve a great deal. Being able to spar with a heavyweight like Wladimir or his brother Vitali Klitschko could only help make Fury a much better fighter.