Boxing: Chance to work with Team Fury perfect recipe for Kiwi David Nyika's slow transition to pro ranks

The opportunity to work with Tyson Fury and his motley crew was too good to ignore for Olympic bronze medallist David Nyika.

The 26-year-old boxer is heading to Morecambe to train under Andy Lee to prepare for his second professional fight on the Joseph Parker v Derek Chisora undercard. 

Nyika will work side-by-side with Parker in an eight-week camp starting next week, with WBC champion Fury expected to be front and centre at his MTK Global gym.

The chance to spend two months working with two heavyweight world champions, heavyweight contender Hughie Fury and super middleweight contender Billy Joe Saunders excite the Kiwi, who still plans to defend his Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham next year.

Speaking to Newshub, Nyika says it's all about expanding his skillset as he transitions from amateur to professional.

"For me, my professional development has always been the most important thing and at this stage, I feel moving over to the UK is going to bring so much more development," Nyika says.

"Just better coaching, better sparring and a wider range of training partners.

"Being in the mix with Joseph Parker and Tyson Fury - that will bring a lot to my game, so it's just a massive opportunity for me."

An opponent is yet to be confirmed, but chances are Nyika will be showcased given his amateur pedigree, and as one of the hottest young talents in the boxing world, wandering eyes will be fixed on the Hamilton-native come December 19.

Yet to commit to a professional promoter, Nyika is keen to keep his options open until he completes his amateur career, but appreciates the opportunity provided by Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn.

"There aren't many fighters that get to be on a Matchroom card without being signed to Eddie Hearn, so I am super grateful for the opportunity. 

"I am sure I can give that back somewhere down the line, but for the moment I want to keep my options open and thus be careful about my next steps, because that will be crucial in road mapping where my career goes.

"Being on such a prestigious card - I guess I don't really know quite what the means yet but the crowd is going to be amazing and the fact that I can do that with no strings attached with Duco and Matchroom allowing me to be on this card without signing a deal is pretty special.

"And for Boxing New Zealand to allow me the chance to take these five fights in the leadup to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is really cool. 

"Being over there will only help my chances next year."

Joseph Parker and Andy Lee
Joseph Parker and Andy Lee Photo credit: Photosport
Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury Photo credit: Photosport

And working with Lee, who guided Parker through a difficult fight with Chisora earlier this year is another carrot.

Lee is considered one of the best young trainers in the world, with Parker confirming he has been reinvigorated under the Irish-born former cruiserweight world champion.

"He seems like a lovely dude and a really smart, well-read boxer. 

"Knowing where he comes from and his pedigree he is the guy to go to. The fact he is working with Joseph and Tyson at the moment, all fingers point to him being a great opportunity for me to expand my boxing prowess."

When the time comes for Nyika to retire his amateur gloves, he will be looking to emulate several boxing greats who have dominated cruiserweight, before jumping up to heavyweight.

That is a long way in the future, but Nyika has already indicated he sees a run at heavyweight before his career is done, and following in the footsteps of Evander Holyfield, David Haye and unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk is on the cards.

"I had in my head that I was going to turn professional after the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"That was thrown off by a good five years, so it's a step that has to be taken and could have been taken earlier, but everything has worked out as it was supposed to. For me, I "feel like I have matured over the last five years and I am in a better place to make better decisions.

"I'm positive and I know this is the best step for me right now and I can't wait to show New Zealand what I can do."