Boxing is a dog’s life for heavyweight Hughie Fury.
WBC King Tyson’s 27-year-old cousin and his father/trainer Peter 6ft 6in are so dedicated to making aces world champions that they built a gym in the back garden.
And the first challenge the intrepid Hughie faces every morning is to get into the sweatbox to knit and tie the two giant Rottweilers guarding the family turf.
Before the Newcastle headline clash with Kristen Hammer, Fury said: “I walk out of my house and watch the gym, get punched in the face all day, but that’s 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 that deep down, I want to be a world champion.
“Why would I bother coming into that ring every day going through that torture if I didn’t think I was going to be something?”
Fury shot his first and so far only world title against Joseph Parker in 2017 when he was just 23 years old.
Since that narrow point loss they have also lost to respected and worn-out stalwarts in Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Povetkin.
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The lessons in Fury’s career have come hard and early but he believes he is now man enough to win at the top level.
“They were men against boy fights,” he said. “Nobody my age has that much experience.
“I’ve never avoided a fight in my life, now it’s just a matter of fighting the right battle to get to the top.”