The biggest fight of Tyson Fury’s career is set to take on even more significance, as it was revealed he expects his father to be granted a day-release from prison to watch him fight David Haye.
Fury and Haye will stand toe-to-toe on Sept. 28 in the showdown of the year for British boxing, and the 25-year-old told Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail he is hoping to have his greatest influence at ringside:
It will be great to have me dad back with me. I speak to him almost every day on the phone. I visit him regularly.
Lately the whole family has been getting together on these odd days when he is allowed out to begin preparing for his return to the community. But to have him at ringside for the biggest fight of my life... amazing.
The Haye vs. Fury bout has all the ingredients for an explosive night at the Manchester Arena, pitching a former world heavyweight champion against a man who is undefeated in 21 fights.
Fury Sr. is currently serving an 11-year sentence, per the Mail, after he gouged another man’s eye out during a fight at a car auction.
However, good behaviour has seen him granted “home leave” five days a month, Fury told Gareth A Davies of the Daily Telegraph. Fury’s dad is also eligible for early release in 2015, per the Daily Mail, and the 6'9'' pugilist defends his father's character:
Me dad knows what he did was wrong. Do the crime, pay the time. But he had only been in trouble once before, when he was 17. Hard man though he is, he has no other record of violence.
The presence of Fury Sr. is significant. Despite his incarceration, he still guides the young boxer in his career and has been offering plenty of advice on Haye, per the Telegraph:
My dad is constantly on it, even though he’s inside. He looks at all David Haye’s videos, interviews, he’s constantly analysing with different game plans and what to do, and what not to do against Haye.
The much-anticipated fight is expected to start no later than 10:30 p.m., as a result of Fury Sr.’s presence, per the Daily Mail, which will guarantee an even greater audience for the Battle of Britain.
Davies reports that Fury is leaving no stone unturned for his collision with Haye, training out in Belgium away from his family, before taking a private jet and Rolls-Royce Phantom en route to the arena.
Haye remains a huge favourite with the bookies, according to the site William Hill, though, and is staying quietly confident in the buildup to fight night.
Both men hope to use the buzz created by their bout as a springboard toward a world title bout with Wladimir Klitschko, although Fury has already lined up an October kickboxing bout, per the Telegraph.