Irish Heavyweight Con Sheehan talks to us about sparring with World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, how Tyson is looking ahead of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, learning from Peter Fury, fun in the gym and more. Plus Con also tells us about his plans to return to action in early July and what’s next for his gym mate Amir Khan.
Last time we spoke you were having trouble with your Visa for the US, has that matter been sorted?
“Yeah my Visa is being sorted now so should be done in a week or 2 hopefully.”
Do you have any news on when you will be back in action, any chance you could feature on the Fury/Klitschko undercard?
“We are looking at early July, as soon as I finish camp here I’m heading back to the U.S. No I don’t think that’s on the cards unfortunately.”
You have been sparring with Tyson Fury ahead of his rematch vs Wladimir Klitschko, what has that been like?
“Sparring with him is brilliant, he’s a huge man with serious strength but Tyson is also a brilliant technical boxer, so it’s really going to benefit me after a few weeks sparring with him.”
How has Tyson been looking in the gym – is preparation going well for him?
“Yeah he is looking great and there is still a lot of camp left. It’s hard to get your head around how a man that big can move so well, by fight night he will be in top shape I’m sure.”
We’ve all heard the stories that Tyson has been floored by Light Heavyweights (which turned out to be a wind up) but what’s it really like to be in a gym with him and his uncle Peter?
“Being in the gym with Tyson and Peter is great craic. They are both too very genuine, nice guys, who will have the craic, but when it’s time to train they put the head down and put serious work in they do. It’s great to be around it all.”
How do you see the rematch panning out, do you think it would be a good thing for the Heavyweight division that Tyson held onto the belts after the dominance Wlad had over the division?
“I honestly see it going the same as the first time around, unless Tyson decides differently I think Klitshcko is too stuck in his ways to bring anything different now.
Yeah 100% Tyson is the man that has brought the whole division back no matter way you look at it. If it wasn’t for him there would still be the one champion doing just enough to win fights.”
(Promo video ahead of their upcoming July 9th rematch via BoxNation):
Your gym mate Amir Khan was recently knocked out by Canelo Alvarez, have you spoken to him since? How did he feel he performed on the night? Do you think the Danny Garcia fight is what he should focus on next?
“I haven’t been speaking to him yet. Yeah I think it’s a big fight for the title and a chance to get revenge, so I don’t see him going for any other fight.”
Have you had any discussions over your next fight/opponent?
“I was given a rough date of early July so hopefully it gets sorted. Regardless of the opponent’s, I just want to fight.”
Ideally when would you like to be back in action?
“Ideally I’d like it to be the weekend, but I’ll take anything I can now. I’ve been training hard for weeks on end in camp so I more than ready.”
Do you think learning from Tyson and Peter Fury and sparring with the World Champion this early in your pro career will improve you as a fighter going forward?
“Of course, I’m one fight in and getting to spar the champion of the World throughout his camp – what could be better for me? I’m certain I’ll pick up a lot because I’m watching everything closely and Peter is even helping me out with training, with pad work and such.
He’s a brilliant coach and top man for giving me a bit of time when he has Tyson in camp also. So I am just soaking up as much as I can.”
(Image source and credit: Con Sheehan Facebook)
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