Tyson Fury had been urged to target London 2012 Games before Anthony Joshua won Olympic gold
A teenage Fury had been left distraught. His Olympic qualification campaign appeared over, having been informed that David Price would take the only super-heavyweight spot for Team GB at the Beijing Olympics.
Great Britain’s head coach Terry Edwards had called a meeting with Fury to explain his selection and tried to convince the 19-year-old to commit another four years to the amateur ranks.
“The chat that we had, I felt that he would be far better and far more experienced by the time the London Games came around, than Beijing, and I think that would have probably been correct,” Edwards told Sky Sports.
“He didn’t agree, obviously.”
Amateur trainer Steve Egan had helped to hone Fury’s skills since he was a 14-year-old and was frustrated that his fighter did not receive the chance to avenge a points loss to Price a year earlier.
“He was devastated. We wanted a box off with David Price, but they said, ‘No, he’s already beat him’. Yes, but he was a kid!
“We’ll have it now, [but] ‘David Price has already beat him, blah, blah, blah,’ and they just wouldn’t have it.”
Fury’s dissatisfaction with this decision prompted him to walk away from the British set-up, with his late attempt to earn a place on the Irish team ending in further frustration after he was deemed ineligible for selection.
A promising unpaid career was cut short by Fury, a few months before the opening bout in China, despite being encouraged by Team GB to pursue a gold medal in London.
Fury was unable to fight on the world’s biggest amateur stage, but he will now seize his chance to be crowned undisputed champion, according to old mentor Egan.