Fury vs Whyte: Tommy Fury on why brother Tyson is a 'man possessed' and how Molly-Mae inspires him

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The last four months have been a testing time for Tommy Fury, but with a fight at Wembley Stadium on the horizon, he can finally look forwards again.

Tommy has endured taunts from bitter rival Jake Paul – and a slew of boxing fans – after pulling out of their headliner in the US with a rib injury in December, but he can put all that behind him as he prepares for the biggest night of his life on the undercard of brother Tyson’s fight against Dillian Whyte.

Once a Love Island star and now giving his boxing career a real push with seven straight victories, Tommy – who faces Daniel Bocianski on April 23 – believes he has gone up ‘another level’ as a fighter. As it happens, being trained by the heavyweight champion of the world has its benefits. 

‘I’ve learnt everything from him,’ Tommy tells Sportsmail

‘Mentally, physically, emotionally, everything. I’ve spent many years around Tyson while I’ve been boxing. I might not have had the same experience and rounds in the ring but just being around him and being in his training camps – it’s put me on another level I feel. That’s why I’m lightyears ahead of others with seven fights because I’ve been around this sport all my life and I’ve seen it at the highest level. 

Tommy Fury has given an insight into Tyson Fury's camp ahead of his fight vs Dillian Whyte

Fury takes on his British rival at Wembley Stadium on April 23

Tommy Fury has given an insight into Tyson Fury’s camp ahead of his fight vs Dillian Whyte

‘I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had – I’ve banked them and looking to implement them in my own game.’ 

Working closely with the Gypsy King has allowed him to work from one of the best in the business – though seeing him in action is nothing new for Tommy. 

He’s been watching him train for big fights since he was a youngster and reckons this is the best he has ever looked in a camp, revealing Tyson has been destroying elite fighters in sparring.

‘I’ve been there for Klitschko camps and every single fight he’s had,’ he continues. 

‘He’s never looked as good in the gym. He’s taking sparring partners out – top ten, top five people in the world. He’s just making them look like they can’t box. That’s me being brutally honest. He’s mentally focused. He’s like a man possessed. I’ve never seen him train so hard.’

He said his half brother has been 'making people look like they can't box' in sparring sessions

He said his half brother has been ‘making people look like they can’t box’ in sparring sessions

Tommy said Tyson was 'like a man possessed' and training harder than ever in his camp

Tommy said Tyson was ‘like a man possessed’ and training harder than ever in his camp

Tyson is training amid a strange backdrop for what was billed as an epic British dust-up with a world title on the line. But despite expecting a colourful build up with plenty of back and forths with Whyte, he has had nothing but silence from his opponent. 

Whyte is engaged in a bitter contract dispute with Tyson’s team after being awarded just 20 per cent of the prize pot for the fight, and he alleges that there have been other contract breaches too.

Tommy says Whyte’s behaviour is ‘strange’, but insists Tyson won’t be bothered about what’s happening outside the ring and only that Whyte turns up and faces him on the night.  

‘It’s very strange, but it’s his own fault,’ he says of Whyte. ‘When people look back at the history of this fight, he’s not gonna be part of it. He didn’t say anything or do anything. He’s not on any posters, that’s all on him. 

‘We don’t care about that – as long as he’s there on fight night, that’s all that matters. It doesn’t change a thing on Tyson’s mind whether he talks or doesn’t talk. Tyson’s still going to train just as hard, he’s still going to show up on the night and give him an a**e whooping.

He admitted Dillian Whyte's recent media silence was 'strange' but said Tyson was unmoved

He admitted Dillian Whyte’s recent media silence was ‘strange’ but said Tyson was unmoved

‘Tyson is the best in the world so it doesn’t matter who he fights because everyone is second best to him. It doesn’t matter who is there on the night because they’re going to get a good hiding and he’s gonna go home. When you’ve got that mindset, it really doesn’t matter who’s in the opposite corner. As long as there’s an opponent there ready to get it on, that’s all that matters.’

Tommy faces Polish fighter Bocianski – who only has one defeat on his record – at Wembley next week after overcoming the broken rib that left him struggling to breathe at the end of last year. 

He has been seen undergoing a controversial exercise that involves smashing a medicine ball into his abdomen to strengthen his core, but he insists the training method was not the cause of his injury and that he would continue using it.   

‘I’ve been doing that exercise all my life – for about 15 years – and I’m not gonna stop now. It’s a great exercise and there’s been a lot of that in this camp. It was my dad’s idea. Since I started training it’s something he implemented and we’ve used it in all of our careers – Tyson also.’

It was perhaps unfortunate that Tommy warned Jake Paul not to pull out of their fight before being forced to withdraw himself. Boxing fans have been quick to tease him about that – but Tommy says he takes no notice – yet is still optimistic of the fight taking place in the future.

Tommy says he's not interested in what critics say after he pulled out of his fight with Jake Paul

He was forced to withdraw against the American after breaking his rib

Tommy says he’s not interested in what critics say after he pulled out of his fight with Jake Paul

‘Who wasn’t ready to headline a massive show in America in front of a massive crowd? I definitely was, I still get kicks today about it. It’s annoying, but I believe everything happens for a reason. I’m focused on getting a great win on April 23 and then we can see if that fight is something that still interests. 

‘Everyone wants to see him fight an actual boxer. I believe that fight is there all the time. If he wants the big fights and the PPV buys on TV, he knows where to come.  

‘I don’t care about anything anyone says about me. The only thing I care about is my family and people who impact my life. I’m not bothered about it one bit. What do I care what Jeff the next door neighbour thinks? It’s not affecting my life, I’m still going to get up in the morning and do what I do.’

The YouTuber has pounced on the opportunity to goad him at every opportunity, claiming he will not give him another chance to face him again. Tommy said he is not interested in what Paul has to say, stressing he has no respect for him and declared that the American star needs the Fury name more than he needs the Paul name.

He insists he has 'no respect' for Paul after some stern words exchanged between the pair

He insists he has ‘no respect’ for Paul after some stern words exchanged between the pair 

Tommy insists Paul needs the Fury name more than his family need him - but would still be interested in a future fight

Tommy insists Paul needs the Fury name more than his family need him – but would still be interested in a future fight

‘[Paul] can say he’s not gonna give me the fight but I don’t need him to. Jake Paul is underestimating things. I’m not some retired UFC fighter who needs a few quid. 

‘What I’m about to do – fight at Wembley on a Tyson Fury undercard – that’s bigger than anything Jake Paul has ever done and will ever do. I think Jake Paul needs the Furys, we definitely don’t need the Pauls. Fury is the biggest name in boxing.  

‘In terms of respect, there’s none there. How can I respect a man like that? Jake Paul doesn’t even come into my mindset. When he steps up against a real man – whether it’s against me or another man – you’ll see what true colours Jake Paul has.’

Three years have passed since Tommy found fame with Love Island – where he finished as runner up alongside girlfriend and model Molly-Mae – and the pair are the last couple standing from that series.

There’s no hiding from the fact he’s become a big social media star after dating a woman with the following that Molly-Mae has. With 6.3m followers, she has more than both Tyson (5.4m) and Tommy (4m) and the attention the limelight brings from all three of them is a recipe for distractions when it comes to training.

But Tommy insists he has a routine in place that allows him to switch off from the social media world when he gets into camp.      

Tommy has a strict routine to switch off from the social media world when he goes into camp

Tommy has a strict routine to switch off from the social media world when he goes into camp

He has dated Molly-Mae since they met on Love Island in 2019 and has praised the model and influencer for supporting his career as a boxer

He has dated Molly-Mae since they met on Love Island in 2019 and has praised the model and influencer for supporting his career as a boxer

‘Boxing is a serious game and you’ve got to be serious,’ he adds. ‘I’m very happy and luck to be in the position I’m in, but when we’re in training all that social media star and celebrity stuff switches off. 

‘After fight night we’ll be laughing and joking but until then it’s all business. We just sleep, eat, train and repeat. We’re like spartans in camp and that’s how you’ve got to be. You’ve got to have your feet firmly on the floor.’ 

So when Tyson and Tommy go into camp, it’s silence on the social media as they put their full focus into their upcoming fights, but for Molly-Mae, catching up with her boxer boyfriend can be tough. He admits it’s something she’s had to adjust to through the years but credits her for supporting his career. 

‘I’m mega proud of Molly to be fair because for someone who never knew anything about boxing or a thing about fighting, she’s met me and she had to go through all this on her own because I haven’t been there,’ he says. 

He called her a 'trooper' for following his fights and being by his side during tough days

He called her a ‘trooper’ for following his fights and being by his side during tough days 

‘When training camp calls, I’m not around. She’s handled it like a trooper, she always supports me. Whenever I need her, she’s always by my side. She helps me through the camps, if she hadn’t been there I don’t know how I would have got through it. 

‘She’s just always there to talk to. She’s always there. As a woman – especially as a girlfriend – she’s everything.’

Tommy and Molly-Mae, who recently bought a new house worth £4million in Cheshire, are going from ‘strength to strength’, according to Tommy. He admits she isn’t a huge fan of his profession – which involves him being punched in the face in training and in fights – but praised her for sticking by him and his passion. 

‘It’s natural isn’t it? She’s seen the person she loves and spends every day with go in the ring and get punched,’ he continues. 

Tommy admits she worries for his health but know how passionate he is about boxing

Tommy admits she worries for his health but know how passionate he is about boxing

The 22-year-old has ambitions to emulate his brother Tyson and lift a world title one day

The 22-year-old has ambitions to emulate his brother Tyson and lift a world title one day 

‘It’s not a nice feeling for her but it’s my job – I live to fight and she understands that and that’s the most important thing. Without this I wouldn’t have a life. Instagram is great and another income but it doesn’t challenge me and make me get up every morning and live day to day. 

‘Getting up and having a fight and testing myself and getting the best out of myself – that’s what makes me tick.’

While Tommy still has a little way to go before entering the conversation of elite fighters, he has his sights aimed high and wants to emulate his brother by lifting a world title belt before his career ends.

‘Ever since I started boxing I said I would be a world champion and I stand by that – that will never change. That is the end result to be a world champion and to fulfil my dreams. I know I have the skill and talent to do so. I’ve got the team around me to do it. I’ve got a great promotion in Frank Warren and BT Sport around me. 

‘Everything is here for me, there’s nothing that I don’t have and I’m so lucky to say that and I’m so grateful. It’s just up to me now to stay dedicated and keep putting in the work, keep improving and that’s all I intend to do. In the future, I do intend to lift one of those belts.’ 

Tommy Fury fights on the undercard of Fury v Whyte live on BT Sport Box Office on April 23 

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