Tyson Fury: Big Bear training is kicking his ***
On December 1st, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will battle for the former's WBC heavyweight title.
Is Fury, who took a long hiatus from boxing after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, ready for all of the speed, power and technique Wilder will bring?
Following such a lengthy layoff, it takes time for a fighter to fully regain his timing, rhythm, footwork, conditioning and the feeling of fighting live under the big lights and cameras. It's easy to spar in the gym, but fighting live on the big stage is a whole different animal that takes getting used to.
Enter: Big Bear Lake Training Facility, Big Bear, CA
Given Fury is training at Big Bear Lake, we know he's serious about this fight and working hard to get in the best shape possible. Big Bear is located about 7,000 feet above sea level so the oxygen is thin and breathing can be a challenge when one is engaged in hard physical training.
"I was speaking to Lennox Lewis on the phone and he told me he got out of there after a week," Fury told Daily Star.
"He said he hated it and it was too hard."
"Here, I am tired after three or four rounds."
"The air is thin and it's hard to breathe."
Big Bear Lake isn't for everyone but Fury, despite the typical obstacles to training there, seems to be handling himself just fine.
Fury didn't look great in his two tune-ups earlier this year but rest-assured the version of Fury who'll face Wilder will be better than the versions we've seen on his comeback.