Father of WBC Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, John, has indicated the next step that he believes his son should take to further cement his legacy as a fighter, but it doesn’t involve a fight with Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed crown.
Many fans hoped Fury would face Usyk earlier this year, but talks failed to progress and boxing missed it’s chance to crown a first undisputed heavyweight king since Lennox Lewis in 2000. Instead, Usyk moved onto Daniel Dubois, whilst Fury announced a clash with former UFC champion, Francis Ngannou.
In an interview with Seconds Out, in association with Free Bets, John Fury admitted that he would advise his son to have another crossover bout, under different rules, against the current UFC heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.
“I know my son, he can get it the Hectogon [Octagon] with anybody. If you let Tyson kick and punch you and do all of them things to you, which I think should be allowed in this fight [with Ngannou], I’d say let Ngannou do his s**t and let Tyson do his s**t, and have a free-for-all, let the best man walk out of it.”
“I think that you’ll see that with Jon Jones, I don’t want to see a boxing match, I want to see both men in an all-in battle royale, and let the best man stand up at the end of it with his hands in the air and say that he is the hardest man and the baddest man on the planet.”
“That’d be my plan [to fight Jon Jones]. I can’t speak for Tyson, I’m not his business advisor, I’m not his manager, I’m not his trainer, I’m just his father, but that is what I would want to see.”
First, Fury will meet Ngannou in a ten-round contest in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under traditional boxing rules, headling a card that will be available to purchase via TNT Sports Box Office.