John Fury has revealed that he wanted to pull his son Tyson out of one of his biggest fights to date.
Speaking to DAZN, he was asked about his son’s greatest win and went with the night he first won the world title out in Germany back in 2015.
“It’s tight, but the win against [Wladimir] Klitschko. He was a 100-1 shot at the bookies. We knew he could do him and he beat Klitschko at probably the worst point in his life.”
John then explained the mental turmoil Tyson was going through in the lead-up to the contest and admitted he almost pulled him out.
“He went into the fight mentally unwell. I was going to pull it weeks before. I went to the gym for a sparring session and he was lying on the floor crying. I thought ‘what the hell is going on here?’ and I said ‘you can’t fight. Forget all this.'”
John explained Tyson recognised he might not get another chance should he pull out at that late stage.
“He said ‘I worked all my life as a boxer to get to this point, I’m the number one challenger. I’ll never get this slot again. No matter how I feel I’ll fight and I’ll beat him. We took that and ran with it. The rest is history.”
Fury has since gone on to many other great nights including a trilogy with Deontay Wilder which started with a controversial draw and then saw Fury become a two-time champion in the second fight, before making a successful defense in the final match-up.
Next up is a 10-round bout with former MMA champion Francis Ngannou before the hugely anticipated undisputed match-up with Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia which John thinks will be an easy night for Tyson.