Tyson Fury shared secrets on how to distract an opponent while training alongside Irish contender Stevie McKenna | Boxing News
Tyson Fury shared secrets on how to ‘distract’ an opponent while training with Irish contender Stevie McKenna, who also practiced malicious body shots with the WBC champion.
Fury’s plans for an undisputed world title clash were rocked after an arbitration tribunal ruled he should face Deontay Wilder in a third bout, while rival champion Anthony Joshua is set to face Oleksandr Usyk.
Britain’s two-time world heavyweight king honed his skills in America and recently shared the same Las Vegas gym as the undefeated 24-year-old McKenna.
“He [Fury] called me in the ring and showed me a few tricks, ”McKenna said Sky Sports. “I learned from Tyson.
“He’s a great man and it was amazing to share the ring with him and teach me new things.
“He was telling me to use my long reach and keep my head hand to distract the opponent and get them away from you. [like] What is he doing.
“When he’s out of reach, keep his lead hand.
“He was just showing me different things and I learned from them. It’s great to learn from a guy like Tyson Fury, he’s a great man.
“He told me to throw body shots. Go body, head, keep going up and down.”
McKenna was also asked to test Fury’s punch resistance, recounting Sky Sports: “Immediately after my fight, I was on the sack and he called me. He wanted to do work with me, fight.
“We just did body sparring. He can also take a good punch.
“I didn’t let them in fully, but I put them on right and hard and he would take them.”
“He just told me to keep doing what I’m doing and I’ll go through with it.”
With seven knockouts in seven wins, McKenna has already shown his explosive power in the pro ranks and has been asked to help Josh Taylor prepare for his undisputed world welterweight title clash with Jose Ramirez this weekend.
McKenna, who has also fought with Ramirez, appreciated the opportunity to trade punches with WBA and IBF champions Scotland.
“It was a great fight for him and me,” said McKenna, who returns to the ring against Damian Haus tonight at the Skydome in Coventry.
“He’s got a big fight going with Jose Ramirez, another guy I’ve been in the ring with. I’ve done two training camps with Jose Ramirez so I also know what he looks like. a high level fight between him and Ramirez.
“Jose is more of a brawler type fighter and Josh is a bit more technical and smarter.
“I’d say he’ll be a Fight Contender of the Year. It’s one of those fights, it’s just hard to call. It’s all in the night and whoever wants more. But Josh looks really good. well, really sharp. “
“It was of the highest quality working with Josh Taylor. I couldn’t have asked for a better fight before a fight on Saturday night.
“I know what I’m capable of. I just have to take my time and take every fight, keep stepping up and improving. Mick Hennessy is the man to do this with me. He’s going to take me to world titles.”