Tyson Fury went into his trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder while “very badly injured”, his father John told BT Sport.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) would go on to successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title with a thrilling eleventh round knockout win over his American rival, but according to Fury Sr., did so with injuries to both elbows.

“Tyson was very badly injured going into that fight.” said John.

“He was handicapped from the beginning. It wasn’t a boxing match was it?

“He had to have chromosome [sic] injections into both elbows. He’s since had an operation, six hours, all day in hospital having them sorted out. He had some bone spurs he had to get removed.

“He said to me afterwards ‘I couldn’t box, I couldn’t work the jab. If I’d missed the jab it would’ve put me in limp mode and I wouldn’t have been able to fight.

“‘The pain when throwing the jab was unbearable so I was fighting two people – the pain in my own body and him. All we could do was make it a war and I wanted to win more than he did’.”

Though Fury’s rehabilitation period is currently unclear, many expect ‘The Gypsy King’ to square off against domestic rival Dillian Whyte next – with a ruling expected to be made in the next week by the World Boxing Council at their annual convention in Mexico.

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