Tommy Fury, 19, makes his light-heavyweight bow against Latvian Jevgenijs Andrejevs on December 22
Tommy Fury believes that brother Tyson “is the best heavyweight there has ever been” as he looks to follow in his footsteps when he makes his professional debut later this month.
Light-heavyweight contender Fury is due to face Latvian Jevgenijs Andrejevs (10-102-3) on December 22 at the Manchester Arena.
Tyson was denied one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history after his WBC world heavyweight title bout with Deontay Wilder was controversially ruled a draw – and although he was knocked down to the canvas twice he dominated the vast majority of the fight.
Tommy was unable to make the trip to Los Angeles in the build-up to his light-heavyweight debut, but said he “couldn’t be any prouder of his brother” who continues to be a massive “motivation” to him.
He told BBC Sport: “If he can conquer all what he has done, then I can conquer anything and it’s the same to everybody out there – whatever you want to achieve in life you can achieve it.
“He’s my favourite fighter and in my opinion the best heavyweight there has ever been.
“He’s my brother, so much of my motivation comes from him.
“Just watching him throughout the whole build-up, all his training, words can’t describe how much of a motivation he is to me.”
Tyson’s battles with mental health problems have been well documented, with the 30-year-old battling with depression, drug and alcohol related problems over the last few years.
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Speaking after his epic fight, the 30-year-old said: “I fought back from thinking about suicide, mental health, depression, anxiety. I wanted more than anything to show the world it can be done.”
Tommy is trained by former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton – a close ally of Tyson- and is also the cousin of British heavyweight champion Hughie Fury, who also turned professional as a teenager.