Tyson Fury will not take his opponent lightly in his comeback fight this Saturday night, claims his uncle and trainer.
Peter Fury expects the unbeaten Morecambe giant to make short work of American journeyman Joey Abell at the Copper Box Arena in London.
But Peter said the 25-year-old was half a stone heavier than his ideal fighting weight as he prepares for the Abell clash, to be aired live on satellite channel BoxNation.
“Preparations are going very well, although Tyson ballooned up after the wait for the David Haye fight and we’ve had to pull 30 odd lbs of fat off him.
“He’s weighing just over 19 stone and is probably 75-80%.”
Abell, 32, is a late replacement for Gonzalo Omar Basile from Argentina, who pulled out with a lung infection.
The American has a record of 29 wins with seven defeats, 28 of his victories by knockout.
In his last fight in December he was stopped in five rounds by highly-rated Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.
“Joey Abell is not going to be taken lightly, there’s too much at stake,” said Peter.
“I don’t see Joey Abell lasting that long.
“Tyson is excited to get the show back on the road and put some money in his bank so he can feed his family.”
If Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) gets past Abell, Peter said he will fight again in April against an as-yet un-named opponent.
A rematch with fellow Brit Dereck Chisora, who Fury outpointed in 2011, is being lined up for the summer at West Ham’s football ground.
“He’ll be back in camp straight away after this fight and by April he will be in superb shape,” said Peter.
The fight will be Fury’s first since he defeated Steve Cunningham in New York in April 2013. Since then he has suffered a number of setbacks.
The 6ft9in puncher was due to face former world champion David Haye in a multi-million pound all-British superfight, until ‘The Hayemaker’ pulled out of two scheduled dates through injury.
Tyson also this week received news of an arson attack at his Morecambe home while training in Cannes for the Abell fight.