Tyson Fury is ‘getting turned over’ in training for his fight against Oleksandr Usyk, according to rumours former world champion Johnny Nelson has heard emerging from camp.
WBC champion Fury will meet IBF, WBO and WBA king Usyk on 17 February in Saudi Arabia to crown the heavyweight division’s first undisputed champion in 25 years.
After being given a major scare up against Francis Ngannou in October, Fury has been in Saudi since the start of the year, working with various sparring partners to prepare from for Usyk, a masterful southpaw fighter.
Among the fighters who have worked with Fury in camp have been British prodigy Moses Itauma, Canadian heavyweight Alexis Barriere and South Africa’s Kevin Lerena.
Jai Opetaia, the cruiserweight champion who inflicted destructive knockout wins over two British fighters last year, also travelled out there albeit briefly, sparring five rounds with Fury before returning to Australia.
Former cruiserweight champion Nelson however has heard worrying stories from the Fury camp.
‘I’m hearing rumours of what’s happening in camp – I’m hearing that he’s getting turned over in the gym,’ Nelson told talkSPORT.
‘I’m hearing these things and I’m thinking has he taken his eye off the ball, or has time caught up with him?
‘In regards to his last fight, I put that down to him disrespecting the man in front of him and if you’re led to believe he had the best training camp, his legs had gone.
‘I’d expect Tyson Fury to beat Oleksandr Usyk, but the Tyson Fury who boxed Ngannou in his last fight gets knocked out.
‘If that Tyson Fury turns up then it’s done, it’s over.
‘I might be saying something that might not be too popular – I expect him to win, I just think he dropped the ball in the last fight. These rumours I’m hearing, I hope they’re just rumours set about by him.’