Tyson Fury's uncle Peter ignores lineal champion claims in No 1 heavyweight statement

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Peter trained Tyson for a number of years and was in the corner as his nephew dethroned long-term unified world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.

The pair amicably split prior to Tyson’s return to the ring in June 2018 but Peter seemingly ignored The Gypsy King’s achievements when quizzed on the heavyweight kingdom.

Peter now trains his son Hughie Fury, who will take on two-time heavyweight world title challenger Alexander Povetkin on August 31.

Speaking about the openness of the division to Sky Sports, Peter said: “The No 1 heavyweight at the moment is when the heavyweights beat everybody else.

“It’s a fallacy. It’s what the people think, and that may be correct, who am I to judge, but nobody is better than anyone until you get in the ring and you’ve won.”

Tyson repeatedly states he is the lineal heavyweight champion after beating Klitschko – who held three of the four recognised belts – and not losing since.

The 31-year-old is also ranked as the No 1 heavyweight in the Ring Magazine rankings.

The slick-moving heavyweight drew with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in December 2018 but many ringside pundits believed he won; the fighters are slated to settle their differences early next year.

Peter reiterated that the 200lb-plus game is so open that Hughie can claim the No 1 spot, though.

Hughie lost a majority decision to then-WBO world champion Joseph Parker in September 2017 and was defeated by Kubrat Pulev in an IBF final eliminator in October last year after being hampered by a bad cut to his eye in the second round.

Peter said of his son: “There’s a lot of things outside of boxing that can happen, so all being well, if he sticks to his gameplans, get his act together properly, which he’s dedicated enough.

“Let’s put it this way, he’s got every bit of a chance as anyone in the top five in the world of making it.”

Hughie himself believes the weight category is less tiered after Anthony Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO belts to Andy Rui Jr on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.

“It’s all wide open,” he said. “Obviously Ruiz has got the belts, but it all depends. At the minute, it all relies on Ruiz, doesn’t it, he’s the one with all the belts.

“That’s what I want to do, I want to be the No 1 heavyweight, and that’s what my aim is.”

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