John Fury: Fury-Wilder 3 is a mistake, Tyson should have fought Joshua
John Fury is the father of Tyson Fury, it is he who gave this name to the newborn and oversaw its rise in the ranks of pugilism.
He was there in the front and center and in Tyson’s corner on the way up, but Tyson is a certified trainer. Having already met eight coaches during his professional career, he is now with SugarHill Steward, who he bonded with a few months before his 2020 rematch with Deontay Wilder. It worked, and they seem to be a happy duo.
It seems John and Tyson aren’t so copacetic. Now only they know for sure, but judging by the conversation John had with BT Sport, he doesn’t agree with “The Gypsy King”.
Specifically, John Fury has said he doesn’t agree with the change of plans, moving the fight against Anthony Joshua in August to Deontay Wilder on July 24.
“Tyson has 20,000 yes men around him,” he said. “There are a lot of leeches out there.” He called the switch “evil” and said it looked like grasshoppers invading the big boy as he signed a contract.
“For my money, this is a mistake. He can blame his team, can’t he? Nobody else. Not everything that is rushed is good, and it has been rushed. He was fighting AJ, I want him to fight AJ. I have no interest in Deontay Wilder. So why does he have to fight Wilder?
“I told him in a phone conversation, ‘Throw the belt in the trash, let (Wilder) have it, come back and fight AJ as planned. But who am I? I am nobody, unfortunately.
John said that if someone “doesn’t drive a Rolls Royce and live in a castle,” they won’t have Tyson’s ear.
He said he wasn’t sure Tyson could improve his game for Wilder and worried his boy would become complacent before the third battle with Wilder. He has mentioned, a few times, that Tyson is a big boy and can run his own ship.
John Fury says that “the powers that are in America” are calling for shots, and he’s puzzled, for why wouldn’t Wilder write a check aside, get paid for doing nothing, and then he could possibly fight the winner of a Fury- Battle of Joshua. It is not out of the question that Tyson and AJ could get knocked down, he said, and that would mean Britain’s greatest showdown of all time is not so big anymore.
I can’t say it’s a surprise, family relationships are usually affected when someone hits the big moment, like Tyson did. New confidants are chosen and money becomes a point of contention, as the pot of gold is usually not divided as all parties see fit. But at least John and Tyson are courteous and talkative, that’s the bright side of it.