Frank Warren has told how he decided to sign Tyson Fury when the fighter was at his lowest point.
The Queensberry boss is in the promotional corner of the current WBC Heavyweight Champion and has since returned to the ring following a nearly three-year mental health hiatus.
In the year Fury, who took down Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany to claim the 2015 WBA Super, IBO, IBF, WBO, Lineal and Ring Magazine titles, was derailed after a seismic shock victory at the Esprit Arena. With UK Anti-Doping and the British Boxing Control Board.
In the year He announced on June 9 at the Manchester Arena that he has signed a multi-fight deal with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions in 2018 and plans to fight at least three times before 2019.
‘The Gypsy King’ was in a world title challenge against reigning WBC champion Deontay Wilder before the end of the year. On October 15, he faced Robert Helenius at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, making it a three-way attempt against the Alabama native, who was coming off his second loss to Fury.
Now the aforementioned Warren Fury on the People, Just People podcast has been in talks to work with Dermot O’Leary.
“First he won the World Cup. He beat Wladimir, the best of his generation, in front of 50,000 people. He took him to school and boxed him in the head.
“I put Tyson in the position to fight for the title and it was done through another promoter. I didn’t think he would win in Germany. I thought he would win if he fought in the UK.
“Derek Chisora beat him and he was so good that night that from then on I loved him to beat Klitschko, but he went off the rails.”
As Warren looks to chart a path back to the sport’s premier division, the 34-year-old has taken a moment no one in the game can touch.
“It was terrifying. He was suicidal and I met him. He was 11-stone overweight, I took him to a very real meeting in BT Sport and everyone was very skeptical about getting behind him.
“Nobody wanted to know and that was the most real thing. they [BT] They have done deals for the Premier League, the Champions League and they don’t know what it is.
“I talked to them about everything, he said what he said and the next minute they were in the Tyson Fury business.”
Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) last played in April when he stopped challenger Dillian Witt in six rounds at London’s Wembley Stadium and is currently chasing all-British challenger Man Anthony Joshua 60-40 for a clash before the end of the year.