Tyson Fury trainer pays tribute to brother – “a true family man”

Skerton Boxing Gym, Skerton, Lancaster.
Skerton Boxing Gym, Skerton, Lancaster.

A respected boxing trainer from Lancaster who was the uncle of Morecambe heavyweight contender Tyson Fury has lost his fight for life.

Hughie Fury, 50, died after spending 11 weeks in intensive care.

Hughie, Tyson’s former trainer and father of local boxers Phill, Walter and Hughie (Dempsey) Fury, went into hospital for a routine operation to place a pin in his leg but developed a blood clot in July.

His nephew cancelled a planned TV fight with Alexander Ustinov after receiving news of his uncle’s condition.

Peter Fury, Hughie’s brother and Tyson’s current trainer, described Hughie as “a family man who doted on his wife Violet and his children, and loved his sport and his horses”.

“We are all devastated,” said Peter. “But Hughie has a lovely family and they are all very strong. His daughter Jane doted on her dad and everywhere he went, she went with him. She has been at his hospital bedside 24 hours a day.”

Hughie, himself a former professional boxer, was at Phill‘s side throughout his amateur and professional career and also guided young Hughie and Walter, training them in the gym in his garden in Skerton, Lancaster. He was in Tyson’s corner for many of his biggest bouts, including his British and Commonwealth Title win over Dereck Chisora in 2011.

The date of Hughie’s funeral is yet to be confirmed but is expected to be later this week.