Tyson Fury’s decision to walk away from an all-British heavyweight title clash to face Deontay Wilder in a WBC-ordered trilogy fight has been strongly criticized by Fury’s own father.
John Fury has been a prominent figure in Tyson’s rise to the top of heavyweight boxing, but while Fury was out in Las Vegas signing a fight contract to face Wilder for the third time, his father was back home in Withenshaw in disbelief at how things had changed.
“While I’m alive and while I’m fit and able, I want to do the best I can for Tommy, and Tyson,” he told BT Sport in a candid interview.
“But Tyson, obviously, is in a different league now. Twenty-thousand ‘yes men’ round him.
“This is what happens when you get to the top. There’s lot of leeches out there, a lot of hangers on.
“You can see what’s happening out there in America with him. Appalling work, to be honest with you.
“That’s just my opinion. But I’m straightforward. That’s Tyson’s business, he’s over 21. It’s up to him.”
Fury Senior then went on to explain that he was far from comfortable with the way his son’s affairs have been handled during the last few weeks, when an arbitration court ruled that Wilder was contractually due a third fight with WBC champ Fury.
And with the WBC ordering the bout as a result of the verdict, failure to comply would likely have resulted in his WBC world title being stripped.
But “Big John” said the sequence of events that led to Tyson signing on for a third bout and in the process walking away from potentially the biggest heavyweight title fight in history left him feeling cold.
“It’s diabolical, isn’t it?” he said.
“You’re geared up to fight one man and all of a sudden, on the 11th hour, it’s all sorted in 24 hours.
“He’s signing contracts in the hall of a boxing venue. They’re around him like locusts.
“I think to myself, ‘How can you think straight with all that around you?’
“For my money, it’s a mistake. It’s a mistake, but he can blame his team, can’t he? No one else.”
The major issue for Fury Sr. was the speed at which everything seemed to happen, as he revealed that he implored his son to relinquish the WBC title and walk away from the Wilder fight to continue on his path to face Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 14.
“Anything rushed is no good, and that’s been rushed,” he stated.
“He was fighting AJ. I wanted him to fight AJ. I’ve no interest in Deontay Wilder, so why has he got to fight Wilder?
“I told him on a phone conversation, ‘Chuck the belt in the bin. Let ’em have it. Come back and fight AJ on the 14th of August, like was planned.’
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