John Fury, one of the most explosive characters in boxing outside of the current fighters themselves, says that he would ‘pressure’ his son Tyson to become undisputed heavyweight champion.
Tyson Fury, currently WBC Heavyweight Champion, made headlines this week as he endorsed rumours of coming out of retirement for a trilogy with fellow British heavyweight and two-time opponent, Derek Chisora. Given that Fury won both previous contests, reaction to the news was mixed at best.
Speaking to talkSPORT, his father gave fans across the world hope when discussing ‘The Gypsy King’s return to the ring, implying that a super fight could still be on the cards.
“If [Anthony] Joshua gets the win, then it’s all to play for isn’t it. Even I’d want [Tyson] to do that, I’d pressure him to do that. And [Oleksandr] Usyk, why not? He can beat them both at a canter so why not?”
Confidence within the Fury family has never been in short supply, and perhaps rightly so.
Tyson remains unbeaten in his career, stopped former champion Deontay Wilder after many others failed to do so, and defended his WBC belt in clinical fashion against Dillian Whyte in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.
Undisputed, whether or not he wants to admit it, remains the final missing puzzle piece in an already historic career.”
Speaking on more urgent matters, John Fury gave his thoughts on Anthony Joshua’s next test – a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk in which he will try to reclaim his WBA Super, WBO and IBF belts. It turns out he’s leaning towards Tyson’s British rival to claim victory.
“Don’t be surprised if AJ pulls it off. I’ve got a sneaky feeling again that AJ’s going to do it and he has this remarkable way of bouncing back doesn’t he.”
If that prediction manifests, a Joshua-Fury unification would be a money-making fight like few others. Getting there is no easy task for ‘AJ’ though, with the elite Ukrainian standing in his way.
We’ll know more after the fight takes place in Jeddah on August 20, broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office. Whatever the result, all attention turns to ‘The Gypsy King’ in the wake of the fight.