It's fair to say Tyson Fury had all bases covered in the buildup to the Deontay Wilder rematch. He telegraphed that he would have a change in approach in the weeks before the bout, but few actually thought he would go in to knock out the American.
That's what he did. Fury thoroughly outclassed Wilder, making him look incredibly underprepared for what was to come. That is certainly something you couldn't accuse the 'Gyspy King' of, with this story from trainer Andy Lee showing just how far he went to make sure everything went well.
Fury was worried that there many have been somebody in his camp leaking information to Wilder's people, so he pulled a Coleen Rooney on it by beginning to leak false information. He acted as though he had an injury, even limping during public appearances.
Speaking to Boxing Social, Lee said this epitomised his attitude in camp.
There was a couple days where Tyson messed around to see if leaks would happen.
He feigned injury or pretended to limp after a sparring session just to see what would happen.
That’s the type of level of deviousness you’re dealing with, with him. Inside his own training camp he’ll put on a show and play act to see if anyone talks outside the camp.
The fighter was sometimes accused of not being all that dedicated to the sport in the past, but that now seems well behind him.
He has been incredibly professional since returning from his hiatus due to mental health and substance abuse issues. Lee said there were certainly no doubts about his commitment during training camp.
He absolutely performed perfectly in training and worked extremely hard. People see this larger than life character, but when it comes to training, he works extremely hard.
He’s very focused and serious about what he does. He didn't cut any corners or allow himself any small treats.
He stuck to his diet and regiment as strict as he could be. Maybe he had to because he knew the fight he was in.