IF his father’s tough love cannot stop Hughie Fury what chance does Kubrat Pulev have?
The 24-year-old has travelled to Bulgaria to fight their heavyweight hero on Saturday in a final eliminator for a shot at Anthony Joshua’s IBF belt.
The training under mastermind coach and dad Peter has been torturous, breaking down Hughie’s body in a bid to rebuild it even stronger.
The unforgiving hills of Windermere are Peter Fury’s playground when he wants to whip his softly spoken protégé into shape and this camp has pushed the young charge to his limits.
Hughie said: “It doesn’t matter to me where the fight is, it is still just two men with two pairs of gloves and a ring. Anything can happen in there and I am looking forward to it.
“We have a gameplan and you will see it on the 27th. He is a well-rounded fighter, he has a lot of experience but I am well covered from my training and sparring camp so we are ready for whatever happens.
“I am a different man mentally and physically from this training camp – you know what they say: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Peter Fury was the mastermind behind nephew Tyson’s 2015 win over Wladimir Klitschko, again on foreign soil.
Neither fighting Fury would be described as ‘body beautiful’, covered in muscles from head-to-toe, but they have been bred to fight and their skills and movement belie their size.
And Peter, who served time in prison before his coaching career took off, puts a lot of that down to keeping his regime old-school and using the surroundings they have on their doorstep.
He told the BBC: “Jogging in the beautiful countryside has an effect and I think too many fighters use running machines, we will use it if there is a thunderstorm but nine times out of ten we’re outside as much as we can.
“I sometimes trained for six-hours-a-day with the gym orderly in prison.
“I was super-fit but I had no fresh air so I was cooped up and that means you’re not healthy.
“You look gaunt and pale, so I always liked training outside.
“Boxing is just as much about mental as it is physical and it’s good to have time to yourself with fresh air on the lungs, it gives off good signals in the brain.
“I think a lot of fighters need to get outside.
“You can over exaggerate boxing, sometimes the simplest methods get lost.
“You have to be 100 per cent fit but it is not just about that.
“If a fighter can fight then he can train in a hay barn.”
Watch Pulev vs Fury live on free to air Channel 5 from 10pm on Saturday, October 27th.