John Fury is concerned his son will not be fully ready to take on the challenge of Oleksandr Usyk on February 17.
Tyson Fury has been rushed straight back into training for this historic undisputed fight quicker than many in his camp would have wanted. Ideally, he would have taken time to recover from what was a tough fight on October 28 against former MMA star turned boxing novice Francis Ngannou. The huge puncher did a fine job on his debut against the WBC and lineal champion. Though he lost a close split decision, he did secure a big knockdown in the third round.
This has left Fury with little time to fully recover as well as train specifically for Usyk, the biggest challenge of his career and a famously technical boxer, slippery southpaw and sharp-minded fighter.
‘The Gypsy King’s father, John, has already voiced concerns about his physique and the style he has taken the ring recently and has now doubled down on those comments.
Speaking to the Metro, he has said Tyson needs more time.
“The 17th February is the date they have got to work towards. But in my opinion, Tyson needs a bit more time to get his conditioning right and his weight right.”
He added that he is worried about the number of punches his son has taken of late.
“He is taking more punches now than he has taken in his whole career and that could have shortened his career. That is the worry we have got here. Tyson is a remarkable man but sometimes he needs to listen to a bit of common sense.”
Fury has already shown remarkable powers of recuperation both in the ring when being knockdown down by the likes of Deontay Wilder, but also in training camps that have seen him lose huge amounts of weight following layoffs. Whether he can do it again, only time will tell.