Frank Bruno's resurrection in boxing had one major commonality with Tyson Fury ’s — both had promoter Frank Warren behind them.
And 26 years after helping him finally win his world crown, Bruno fully expects Warren to help Fury become the undisputed heavyweight champion when he meets Anthony Joshua this summer.
Bruno had twice failed in world title fights, first against Mike Tyson in 1989 and then against Lennox Lewis four years later, and was down on his luck when Warren engineered a third and final shot.
The rest, of course, is history, with the fans’ favourite shocking American Oliver McCall to claim his WBC crown and delight the British public.
Fury had already become world champion, beating Wladimir Klitschko, when he suffered an almighty fall into depression and addiction.
But after linking up with Warren he began his journey back to the top to win the WBC title Bruno once held.
Bruno, 59, said: “Frank Warren was a lifesaver. I’d split up with Terry Lawless and Mickey Duff, and I had a fight in Glasgow, then my next fight was against Oliver McCall.
“That was my last stand. I had to go into a training camp around four months beforehand to get my stuff together and have a war against him.
“But it was Frank who got me the opportunity with Don King and it was thanks to Frank Warren that it happened that way.
“I owe him because he put it straight on the line for me — he said that if I won the world championship he’d buy me a Bentley, a nice red one as well.
“It’s in the graveyard now but they were good old days.
“As for Fury versus Joshua, Fury is in front for me.
“He is a very dangerous guy because he doesn’t give a monkey’s who’s in front of him.
“He is a much better fighter than a lot of people give him credit for.
“He can move, he can punch, and he knows how to wind up his opponents with all different sorts of stuff.
“Anthony Joshua is very hungry as well but he still has a lot to learn.
“He needs a little bit more discipline and I don’t know how he lost to that guy Andy Ruiz Junior.
“I haven’t got anything against Joshua but Fury is a very underestimated guy and he’s a force to be reckoned with.
“As is Joshua, but Joshua needs a little bit more seasoning.”
Bruno is one of the big-name contributors to the BT Sport film Make It Or Die Trying: The Frank Warren Story.
He added: “Frank is still going now because that’s him — he’s a fighter and a very knowledgeable guy.
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“British boxing was all about ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’ coming into the ring but he jazzed it up.
“He made it showbiz with gloves and brought a bit of class to events.
“He beat The Cartel — Duff, Lawless, Jarvis Astaire and Mike Barrett — and drove them out by himself.
“He has had so many fighters, all different weights — Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton… — and he is still trying to go forward and make more champions.”
‘Make It Or Die Trying: The Frank Warren Story’,the next documentary in the BT Sport Films series, will premiere on BT Sport 1 on Sunday, April 11 at 9.30pm.
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