If you really want to find out just how Tyson Fury’s preparations have gone ahead of his monster heavyweight clash with Deontay Wilder, then nobody is better placed to offer insight than his friend and training partner Isaac Lowe.
The unbeaten Morecambe featherweight has his own challenge on Saturday night – defending his WBC International title against tough Mexican Alberto Guevara on the undercard of Fury vs Wilder 2.
It’s the fourth American camp in succession that Lowe has sharpened his tools with the Gypsy King by his side. He’s boxed on Fury’s three previous undercards, including that legendary first Wilder fight at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
Both men, who cut an odd couple with more than a foot in height between them, have finished all the hard work now. Fight week is about ticking over and getting through the formalities before stepping into the ring at the MGM on Saturday night. And speaking from the Vegas house he shares with his giant pal, Isaac has no doubt the world will witness a very special night.
“This camp has been very strict and very serious for the both of us,” he said. “Last time, I was six weeks out and two-and-a-half stone overweight. I had to make a lot of changes and cut out silly things like diet cokes.
“We’ve done everything by the book this time – we’ve had a proper nutritionist and a proper chef. We’ve been drinking water, fully hydrated and all done by the book. Eat, sleeping and training.
“It’s been a much stricter camp with a lot more focus because we both know we have massive tests in front of us.”
Fury vs Wilder 2 has captured the imagination of the wider sporting world. Opinions are flying around as prolifically as chips in casino on the strip. Who wins and how?
Will Wilder land the right hand and put Fury to sleep – properly this time? Will Fury fight fire with fire and jig his way to the WBC world title? Isaac has his own view.
“I’ve never been as confident in Tyson,” he declared.
“I know people will obviously expect me to say he’s going to win, but it is the best I’ve ever seen Tyson look. I’ve never seen him more focused or more determined to win a fight. He knows what’s in front of him and he knows what he has to do to win.
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“He lost ten stone and boxed two mediocre men then went in with the biggest puncher in the world and 99.9 per cent of people know Tyson won the [Wilder] fight last time around. He never got the decision so it makes this fight even bigger.
“Last time when Tyson caught him a few times, he never had the energy or snap to follow it up. With the weight loss and everything, he had no power in his punches. He was drained.
“This time, he’s match-fit. He’s come off a 12 round blockbuster [Wallin fight], he’s on weight and strong. I’ve been seeing him in the gym and he’s been hitting hard – everything’s been done right.
“I know he’s been saying he’s going to knock him [Wilder] out and people will say he hasn’t got the power to knock him out. Do not be shocked if Tyson gets him out of there early!”
Lowe speaks with as much animation, excitement and enthusiasm for his friend’s mission as he does for his own test ahead.
His experienced rival Guevara is desperate to resurrect his own career after two defeats on the bounce – the last at the hands of WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson.
“He boxed him and he didn’t look too good but he only had six days notice,” Lowe explained. “He’s had six weeks notice for this one, so I expect him to come into this fight in much better shape. He knows that if he beats me, he’ll get a world title shot again.
“It’s the toughest fight so far of my career. He’s fought for the world title twice at bantamweight and went the distance with Santa Cruz. He’s had 27 wins and five defeats but if you look at who he’s been beaten by, they’re top people – two world champions.”
Lowe has boxed on Fury’s Las Vegas undercard in his previous two fights. He beat Duarn Vue at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ahead of Fury vs Tom Schwarz and bettered Ruben Garcia Hernandez at the T-Mobile Arena ahead of Fury’s bloody battle with Otto Wallin.
“I’m climbing up the rankings slowly,” he said. “Last time out it was a bad display by me – I looked terrible and basic. Six weeks out I was overweight and unprofessional and it showed on the night. This time out everything’s on track and I’m looking to make a proper statement. I want to show people I’m a world-class fighter.
“I’m not going to sit here and criticise anyone. Obviously I want to fight for a world title and I think I’m good enough to beat anyone of them [champions] on my day. I only turned 26 last week so let’s get this one out of the way, look good on Saturday night and move on for a European title or a final eliminator for a world title shot at the end of the year.
“I can’t look past Saturday night because I know it’s going to be my toughest fight yet and he’s coming to disrupt my plans.”
“We’re going to have two cracking fights and we’re both going to come back to the UK with two WBC belts.
“The most important thing is we get out of that ring safe and go back to our families. We’ll have a pint back in the UK then move on to the next one!”