Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury 21-1 (11) believes his best days are ahead of him and it all starts with his crossroads bout against tough Kubrat Pulev 25-1 (13) at Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria this Saturday night.
The 24-year-old cousin of lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been working on correcting his mistakes since his competitive loss to then-WBO champion Joseph Parker a year ago.
Fury rebounded with a fifth round TKO of British champion Sam Sexton in May.
“After the Parker fight, I had to go down [in class] to Sexton,” Fury told Metro.co.uk. “No-one would fight me.
“Sam Sexton was the only one who would, so I had to take him. Then I got this fight here and in this camp I’ve been working on [fixing my] mistakes.
“I’ve worked on them, dwelled on them and tried to correct and perfect myself. You learn from mistakes; what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I’m definitely a better person for it.”
Pulev is a big step up from Sexton. ‘The Cobra’ holds wins over British fighter Dereck Chisora, Michael Sprott and Matt Skelton, and has only ever lost to long-time heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in a world title challenger in 2014.
Fury, who has fought in the USA, Canada, Italy, Monaco and Romania as a pro, says that fighting away from home holds no fears for him.
“It’s all in your head, it doesn’t bother me,” he insisted. “If you can fight, you can fight, no matter where you are or who’s in front of you.
“I’ve been looking at the Pulev fight since the stat of the year. I said to my people ‘Get me that fight as soon as possible’. I think Jarrell Miller was supposed to be taking it, but I said I wanted the fight.
“I believe if you can fight, you can fight anywhere. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world. In the ring, there’s two people in it, that’s it.”
With the IBF number one ranking vacant and Pulev ranked number two and Fury number three, the winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger to unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.