Tyson Fury says he will dedicate victory over Dereck Chisora to his late uncle Hughie.
The rescheduled battle of Britain takes place at the Excel Arena in London this Saturday, November 29, with the Morecambe giant having endured a difficult time professionally and personally.
In the ring a lucrative fight with David Haye was postponed and then cancelled before his original July 26 date with Chisora was postponed.
Out of the squared circle, Fury’s Lancaster-based uncle, who was in his corner for the first Chisora fight, was taken ill before passing away while wife Paris also suffered a miscarriage when five months pregnant with the couple’s third child.
The unbeaten Fury, 22-0, now looks to take a giant step towards a world title in his rematch with Chisora for the British and European titles with a shot at Wladimir Klitschko’s WBO belt on the line.
The 26-year-old, who trains Monday to Friday in Bolton and spends weekends at his Morecambe home, said: “It (victory) would definitely be a dedication to my uncle Hughie.”
Some have questioned Fury’s mental state having seen big fights go by the wayside.
The outspoken big man has just a knockout win over limited American Joey Abell to show for his efforts in the last 18 months but insists it has not been hard to keep himself going despite going through physically tough and financially draining training camps for little reward.
Fury said: “It’s been frustrating but there’s a lot of frustrating things that happen in your life all the time.
“It’s one of those things where you regroup and carry on.
“It’s never hard to motivate yourself for a fight.
“It’s not like you’re going into work and picking up some books in a corner for an hour.
“I’m going to get punched in the face for 36 minutes.
“There’s a man there trying to take your brains out with every punch so I better get motivated and get moving.”
The first fight between Chisora and Fury resulted in a points win for the Morecambe man in July 2011.
Fast forward to 2014 and both men are different fighters with the man who won the British and Commonwealth titles first time around hoping to go one better this time.
Fury said: “I see the fight being a very tough fight.
“If we’ve both prepared well it will be a great one for the fans.
“Obviously I think I’m going to win and I think I’ll win by knockout this time.”
Bad Blood, headlined by Fury v Chisora, is live on BoxNation this Saturday night.