John Fury has reflected on the performance of his son, Tyson Fury, against Francis Ngannou in October.
Ngannou, who was making his boxing professional debut, shocked the world when he sent the current WBC champion to the canvas in the third round of their fight. The former UFC champion acquitted himself well throughout the contest but lost via a close split decision on the scorecards.
Fury has since come in for criticism, with some pundits suggesting his legs are gone or he may now have passed his peak.
Speaking to Pro Boxing Fans, ‘Big John’, credited Ngannou for his showing and admitted his son didn’t get the game plan right.
“You know what I’m amazed at, is how little these so called boxing experts actually know about the job. Ngannout is built like a tree, 19 stone of solid muscle and the kid can fight. It’s not how bad they should look at Tyson, Tyson was okay, it’s how good the other kid was aswel. Give Ngannou credit, he brought the action and he’s a man mountain, Tyson’s a boxer. That kid has been kicked in the face, nutted in the face, elbowed in the face, he’s not going to be bothered about a boxing glove is he? Ngannou was as tough as nails, big strong man.
I think Tyson did very well, but the game plan could have been better, a lot of things could have been better, but I know my son and he can get it right next time can’t he? He got the win and that’s what it’s about.”
In a separate interview with SecondsOut, the head of the Fury family sent a warning to Oleksandr Usyk ahead of the undisputed fight next year.
“It was a good victory and all I can say is that people are talking rubbish. My son is still the champion of the world and the best heavyweight by a country mile and if they don’t believe it then that’s up to them. You watch when he gets Usyk, he’ll reign supreme and he’ll stop Usyk.”
Fury and Usyk were scheduled to face each other on December 23, but due to the punishment ‘The Gypsy King’ took against the MMA star, the long-awaited clash has now been pushed back to February.