Inside Tyson Fury’s camp there is dancing, laughing and signing. Along with the grind, a song will break out or a joke cracked.
American heavyweight prospect Sonny Conto was the latest in a long line of fighters invited into the Fury camp. Conto, 23, sparred with Fury in preparation for the Gypsy King’s debut in Las Vegas this weekend.
Heading into the den of the No.1 ranked heavyweight in the world brought a sense of uncertainty with it, but Conto was surprised how quickly Fury helped him settle.
‘I didn’t know what to expect when I went in,’ Conto told Metro.co.uk. ‘I’ve been in big camps before.
‘This is definitely the biggest camp I’ve been in. He was really down to earth.
‘What you see is what you get with Tyson Fury. He was dancing in the gym and at the house, he’s got his goofy ways, a totally down to earth guy who is very respectful, but very giving too.’
Fury is renowned for his relaxed attitude these days and has always been known to be partial to a sing-song.
After becoming the unified heavyweight champion in 2015, Fury serenaded his wife, Paris, in the ring with Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’.
‘We’re always having fun in the car, signing,’ Conto admitted, explaining trainer Ben Davison was keen to keep Fury at ease and happy during camp.
Fury arrived in Las Vegas three weeks ago to finish off his preparations for Tom Schwarz. He stayed in a mansion off the strip, where Conto was invited to stay with the rest of Team Fury.
The small team includes Davison and his stablemate, Isaac Lowe. Some of Fury’s family members are also part of the inner circle, with his cousin Hosea Burton flying out to Vegas.
Conto is set to participate in his third professional fight this weekend and admitted he was surprised by Fury’s attitude during camp.
‘Sparring with him and training side by side on the bags with him, he’d suddenly shout ‘Come on, Sonny!’ It’s motivating,’ Conto explained.
‘Even aside from sparring, I tell everybody, eating breakfast, lunch and dinner with him was amazing.
‘I was able to pick his brain and he mentored me. He showed me certain things and inspired confidence in me.
‘He speaks on another level in boxing, that I’ve never experienced before. I ask him if he still got nervous before fights and he said: ‘Let me tell you something, I just look at it as a man with a pair of boxing gloves on’.
‘Certain things he said really stuck with me. The opportunity was priceless.’
Conto fully expects Fury to make short work of Schwarz on Saturday night, and revealed just why he thought the Gypsy King was the world’s best heavyweight.
‘Everything about Fury surprised me,’ Conto admitted. ‘He definitely has the full package.
‘His reach and height are massive pluses because he moves like no other heavyweight.
‘You can’t stand in front of him. He’ll box your ears off. His speed and the way he handles certain situations, his ring IQ is very high.’
He added: ‘This is boxing. The object of boxing is hit and not get hit – he’s the best at doing it. He swims without getting wet.’
Heavyweight Tyson Fury takes on Tom Schwarz, live on BT Sport Box Office, Saturday 15 June. For more information go here
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