BOXING is a dog’s life for heavyweight thoroughbred Hughie Fury.
The 27-year-old cousin of WBC king Tyson and his father/trainer Peter are so dedicated to making the 6ft 6in ace a world champion they built a gym in the back garden.
And the first challenge fearless Hughie has to face every morning is bobbing and weaving past two huge rottweilers that guard the family grounds, to get to the sweatbox.
Ahead of the Newcastle headline clash with Christan Hammer, Fury said: “I walk out of my home and see the gym, right there and get punched in the face all day, but that is the life you have to live.
“I know I have to live and breathe this sport, 24/7, so I built a gym in my back garden and I did it because I believe, deep down, that I am supposed to be a world champion.
“Why would I bother getting in that ring every day, going through that torture, if I did not think I was going to become anything?”
Fury had his first and so-far only world title shot against Joseph Parker in 2017, when he was just 23 years old.
Since that narrow points loss he has also suffered distance defeats to respected and grizzled veterans in Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Povetkin.
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The lessons have come hard and early in Fury’s career but he reckons he is now man enough to win at the top level.
“Those were men against boy fights,” he said. “Nobody of my age has this much experience.
“I have never avoided a fight in my life, now it is just a matter of getting the right fights to get to the top.”
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