Esteemed trainer Peter Fury reveals to Danny Flexen how Katie Taylor and his charge, Savannah Marshall, have changed his views on female boxing
Veteran boxing man Peter Fury, a former pro and now a highly respected trainer, may consider himself a traditionalist, but has revealed his views on female boxing began to evolve, even before he began working with unbeaten super-middleweight Savannah Marshall. The acquisition of the 2012 World Amateur champion has opened Fury’s eyes to the improvement in the women’s sport as a whole.
“Absolutely, because until Savannah walked in the gym I’d never looked at women’s boxing,” Fury admits. “Since I got involved with her I’ve had a look and I really can see the women can do as much as men; they’re just the same. When you look at Katie Taylor, especially in her last fight, she has brought women’s boxing onto another level. The sheer punishment both her and Delfine Persoon took proves that the best women can dig deep as much as any world-level male athlete; I give great applause for both women.”
While Taylor is the standard-bearer for the female game certainly in the UK and Ireland, Marshall may prove every bit as accomplished. The Hartlepool talent was a superb amateur and the last person to defeat undisputed middleweight queen Claressa Shields. Fury has tremendous belief in his charge and feel that, despite having just six pro fights thus far (all wins, four inside the distance), Marshall is ready to move to another level.
“I’m very happy with Savannah’s progress,” he enthused. “I’m looking to get her in good fights, she’s had enough of learning fights. I believe Savannah is probably the best female boxer in the world so let’s prove it in good fights. She’s blowing supposed-to-be-durable journeymen fighters away and she does spar with male pro boxers; she’s a big puncher, super talented.
“Savannah is a big woman, we’re looking for her to claim a title at super-middle then dropping back down to middle and once she’s got that world title we’ll look to challenge Shields.”
Peter also revealed that once Marshall and his own son, heavyweight Hughie – who meets Sam Peter on July 12 in Saudi Arabia - have finished their pro careers, he will most likely join them in retirement.
“They’re enough for me,” he stated. “When they finish I’ll probably bow out of boxing. I’m not really interested in being recognised as the best trainer in there world – there are so many great trainers, it’s just about circumstances and opportunities; I just want the people I work with to be successful.”