Johnny Nelson has claimed he’s heard worrying ‘rumours’ that Tyson Fury is struggling in the gym ahead of his blockbuster bout with Oleksandr Usyk.
The Gypsy King is currently hard at work in Saudi Arabia as he looks to become undisputed heavyweight champion.
Fury has been training in the Middle East over the past few weeks, with the 35-year-old looking slimmer as a result of his work behind the scenes.
On February 17 he will face arguably his biggest fight yet, with Usyk set to pose a serious threat.
Boxing news: Tyson Fury is subject of worrying ‘rumours’ as Oleksandr Usyk fight creeps closer
The Ukrainian can’t be underestimated, especially given how he’s overcome the likes of Anthony Joshua and Daniel Dubois in the past.
And Nelson, speaking to talkBOXING, says he’s heard worrying rumours about Fury getting ‘turned over in the gym’ as the blockbuster bout rapidly approaches.
“I’m hearing rumours of what’s happening in camp – I’m hearing that he’s getting turned over in the gym,” he said.
“So this thing about appetite when he’s in the gym, I mean, he got shown his a***.
“I’m hearing these things and I’m thinking has he taken his eye off the ball, or has time caught up with him?
“In regards to his last fight, I put that down to him disrespecting the man in front of him and if you’re led to believe he had the best training camp, his legs had gone.
“I’d expect Tyson Fury to beat Oleksandr Usyk, but the Tyson Fury who boxed Ngannou in his last fight gets knocked out.
“If that Tyson Fury turns up then it’s done, it’s over.”
Nelson previously said Fury’s ‘legs are gone‘ following his narrow victory over Francis Ngannou at the end of October.
That sparked a fierce backlash from Fury’s father, John, who insisted that wasn’t the case.
Elaborating on his previous comments, Nelson added: “The reason why I said ‘the legs are gone’ line is that I remember Tony Bellew saying it about David Haye and at first I was like ‘what?’, but when I saw it I knew what he was talking about.
“I might be saying something that might not be too popular – I expect him to win, I just think he dropped the ball in the last fight.
“These rumours I’m hearing, I hope they’re just rumours set about by him.”
Fury was indeed a shadow of his usual self during his win over Ngannou a few months ago.
And it’ll be intriguing to see how he fares in his next fight, especially with so much on the line.
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Boxing news: Johnny Nelson is worried by what he’s been hearing ahead of Tyson Fury’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk
Meanwhile, John Fury has told GB News that he’s heard nothing ‘untoward’ about his son’s training camp.
When asked about the subject, he said: “No, not exactly, I don’t know how it’s going as I’m still here in the UK and I’ve not had much to do with it as I’ve been doing other things.
“I haven’t heard anything that’s untoward, everything seems to be OK he’s got his brothers out there with him.
“So let’s just see what happens.”
Fury has won 34 of his 35 career fights so far.
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The only time he failed to win a bout was against Deontay Wilder in 2018.
Usyk, meanwhile, is unbeaten from 21 fights – with the 37-year-old winning 14 of them via knockout.