Father of WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, says contenders must face one man if they are to get a shot at his son – but claims all his rivals are too scared to do so.
Fury has now signed a deal to face Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia in either December or January of next year, with the winner set to become the first four belt undisputed champion of the division.
Despite Usyk’s status as the WBA, WBO & IBF champion, John Fury declared that neither he or British rival, Anthony Joshua, has achieved enough notable wins in the heavyweight division to truly earn their shot at Tyson, and that both need to defeat Deontay Wilder in order to do so.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, ‘Big John’ believes every other heavyweight is ‘s**t scared’ of facing ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
“He hasn’t done anything credible, to face ‘The Gypsy King’, it is just because the Saudi’s want it and they are paying silly money, or else that wouldn’t be happening either. He hasn’t faced anybody of any note at heavyweight, for my money
He [Anthony Joshua] has got to beat Deontay Wilder. Everybody is skipping Wilder; nobody wants to face Deontay Wilder. I don’t like Deontay Wilder, I can’t stand him as a man, but every heavyweight boxer on the planet is s*** scared of him, except ‘The Gypsy King’ who has beaten him three times.
If AJ wants to fight Tyson, let him defeat Wilder. They all don’t want Deontay Wilder, not then, not now, not never, because you know why? They can’t take Wilder’s power.”
Before Fury can fully focus on his clash with Usyk, he must first get past for UFC champion, Francis Ngannou, who he fights on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.