Tyson Fury has said he is targeting Trevor Bryan for his next fight, but just who is the unbeaten American?
Tyson Fury recently declared his desire to meet Trevor Bryan in his ’interim’ contest before rematching WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in February next year. According to the "Gypsy King", US broadcaster ESPN has insisted upon an American opponent this autumn following Fury’s entertaining debut for the TV giant against Germany’s Tom Schwarz last month.
So who is Trevor Bryan.
1. Boasting a seven-and-a-half-year pro career encompassing just 20 fights, Trevor Bryan turns 30 in August less than two weeks after Fury celebrates his 31st birthday. He is trained by veteran Stacey McKinley who has worked with Mike Tyson among many others.
2. The 6ft 4in New Yorker has beaten just seven opponents with winning records and, aside from former decent cruiserweight BJ Flores who he stopped in four almost a year ago, they were a mix of trialhorses and novices.
3. The Flores massacre was Bryan’s last fight so if he meets Fury without a tune-up, he will have been out of the ring for over a year before facing a sharp Tyson, arguably the best heavyweight in the world today.
4. Flores is handled by evergreen promoter and living legend Don King, who turns 88 between the birthdays of the two fighters (August is a crazy month, and Don’s big onr is the 20th, the day after your author’s should anyone wish to send a gift). King is not the force of old but still holds some sway, which may explain why Bryan has been the WBA’s No. 1 ranked heavyweight for nearly a year and won their Interim belt against a Flores who had beaten no one of note in the division.
5. Bryan, who began boxing at 11, did have an impressive, albeit short amateur career. He won around five national titles in just 60 bouts, fought internationally and even spent time during this tenure in the training camp of a peak Wladimir Klitschko.