By Manuel Perez: Former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was photographed today, and he’s still really fat looking. Why is Fury so fat? I don’t understand it? He was supposed to be in training to burn off the fat for his ring return to boxing. I don’t know how he can be training with him looking this far.
What on earth is Fury eating for him to be so fat? Fury is a professional athlete, but he’s really let himself go. If I was in charge of Fury’s training, I’d have to put him on bread and water rations for the next 5 to 6 months to get that stubborn weight off. Fury looks like he’s been gorging on sweets for him to get this big. He needs to get serious about eating if he wants to get his career back on track. I’m just saying. I’ve seen some fighters let themselves go before, but Fury has taken it to another level.
All that fat is going to be very hard for Fury to trim off without a real good diet. If I’m Peter Fury, I’d have someone that would stay with Fury and shadow him everywhere he goes so that he does make a beeline for the refrigerator during the day or night. I’d have the refrigerator locked up tight during the evening hours just in case.
My suggestion for Fury would be for him to take the weight off over a 1-year period, taking the weight off slowly in losing no more than 5 pounds per month. I’d keep it at that level for the full year. If Fury needs to lose another 50 lbs. or so, then he can increase it to 10 lbs. of weight per month until it’s all off. When Fury does start fighting again, I’d have him fighting frequently the way that Shannon Briggs has been doing before I’d even think about having him face someone like Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker.
As far as Fury is right now, I cannot see him beating even some of the bottom feeders in the heavyweight division. Fury is going to need to be very careful who he fights when he does get back inside the ring, whenever that is. Normally fighters take on 2nd tier opposition when they’re coming off of a long layoff like Fury’s. But in his case, I think he needs to face 3rd tier opposition just so that he can limit the risk.
If Fury can fight some guys that are just starting their careers at 0-0, he might be alright, as long as they’re not an Olympic level fighter. If you put Fury in with a former Olympian, he would have major problems. Those guys aren’t going to hold back for a second against a fat guy like Fury.
Fury last fought against Wladimir Klitschko 2 years ago in November 2015. Wladimir’s manager Bernd Boente said on Wednesday that there will not be a rematch between them. If Fury is going to ever return to the boxing ring, it sure won’t be against Wladimir.
Fury looks like his weigh his hovering in the 300s. For Fury to get back to his former fighting weight of 250, he’s going to need to lose at least 50 pounds, maybe more. I normal person can lose that kind of weight and be fine, but an athlete is a different story. I doubt that Fury is going to be able to drop 50lbs and still fight at a high level like before. It’s been done before by different fighters, but my guess is most fighters fail to get back to their former level once they’ve put on that kind of weight. I tend think it’s rare for them to get to the level that they once were.
Fury will be supporting WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan in his title defense this Saturday against Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. It’s nice that the 29-year-old Fury is giving Flanagan a bit of support, but I don’t know if he really needs it. Petrov is a beatable guy that Flanagan should be able to get by without too many problems. The Flanagan-Petrov fight will be televised on live on BoxNation and BT Sport in the UK.
Fury seems like a nice chap. I’m sure he won’t resist being guided with a nice diet to burn off the blubber that he’s put on. I just don’t know that Fury can at this point. Losing a little weight of say 20-25 lbs. is one thing, but when you’re talking 50-100 lbs. of fat, that’s completely different. First of all, I don’t know if all that fat can come off without leaving Fury a spent shell, and I’d be worried his health if did try and take all the weight off.
Diets are very dangerous. When a person loses a certain amount of weight, it can be life threatening if they take it off the wrong way. Fury can’t let himself burn that kind of blubber off the wrong way because it could mess with his heart. I just don’t know if it’s possible for Fury to take the weight off without it weakening him something fierce.
I have a feeling that Fury will start eating like mad after starts fighting again. If you like food the way that Fury seems to, you’re going to go back to your hold eating habits once you find some kind of success. People often like to reward themselves with food when something good happens in their lives. I think Fury might be one of those types. I really hope not, because I’d hate to see him lose all that fat only to put half of it back on overnight following a successful performance.
Fury should put all his eating on hold until his boxing career is over. Most fighters are done by the time their 40. Fury still has another 11 years before then. He can eat all he wants once he retires from boxing. The results won’t be as important by that point. It’s no good if Fury is going to keep putting on a ton of fat in between every fight, because it’ll shorten his career. Fury has already lost out on 2 of the best years of his career. That’s around 6 fights that Fury could have had. A lot of money he missed out on.
I wouldn’t get below 260 if I were Fury when he does come back to boxing. When your body is used to carrying around a certain amount of weight, I think it’s a bad idea to try and get back to your best weight. I don’t think your body can ever be as good as it once was when you get really heavy. That’s why it’s better if Fury gets down to just 260 or 270 instead of his old weight of 250.