John Fury refused to speak to son Tyson due to fears over Deontay Wilder fight

Tyson had just lost 10-stone within a year and had fought only twice, in lacklustre outings against lowly opponents, when he accepted an away fight with knockout artist Wilder

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Where does Tyson Fury’s win leave the world heavyweight scene?

Tyson Fury’s dad John refused to speak to his son over fears for his safety in his first fight with Deontay Wilder.

The former world heavyweight champion had lost 10-stone within a matter of months, and looked lacklustre in his two comeback bouts when he accepted a bout with Wilder in 2018.

Wilder was a renowned knockout artist, and is widely considered to be one of the hardest punchers in the history of the sport, while Tyson hadn’t competed with anyone approaching a top fighter in over three years.

And John felt that while his son could beat Wilder if he was in peak condition, he wasn’t yet back to where he was when he outboxed Wladimir Klitschko in Germany to win the unified heavyweight titles.

He was almost proved right as his son was dropped twice before being denied victory by the judges who scored the fight a draw.

Tyson’s wife Paris has now detailed her own fears, and those of his dad, in her new book Love and Fury: The Magic and Mayhem of Life with Tyson .

Tyson Fury was knocked down twice in his first fight with Deontay Wilder


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“John made his feelings quite clear,” she wrote. “He thought his son and his entourage were making a catastrophic mistake in fighting Wilder so soon.

“In fact, he was so angry and upset he refused to speak to Tyson for weeks, only breaking his silence to wish him good luck in a phone call from Manchester.

“While this sad situation had come as a blow to Tyson – he worshipped his dad, and had always valued his advice – it didn’t dent his confidence.”

Fury would go on to outbox Wilder in almost every round, but he was brutally dropped in the 12th session and only got up through an unprecedented feat of endurance.

Much to the chagrin of most experts watching, the fight was scored a draw, meaning Fury had to rematch Wilder in February of 2020 and again this month, both of which he won by knockout.

And John wasn’t the only one afraid of the Wilder fight, with Paris admitting that she felt her husband was in incredible danger given the American’s remarkable punching power.

“As the fight night loomed closer my anxiety levels skyrocketed,” she wrote. “More so than any other fight that had gone before it.

“While I had every faith in my husband’s confidence and ability – I only needed to cast my mind back to what he’d achieved in the Klitschko fight – I couldn’t rid myself of a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

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“I was so worried this head-to-head was too much, too soon and that, by stepping into the ring to fight Wilder, Tyson was putting his health at serious risk.

“Just one mega-punch could easily knock him unconscious, cause him brain damage or, God help us, endanger his life.”

And despite the fact that Fury went down four times over the course of their three fights, it was actually Wilder who suffered the most severe damage of the two.

Fury boxed and moved in the first bout, and didn’t really hurt the American at any stage, but in the second he changed training teams and adopted the more aggressive Kronk Gym style.

He viciously dropped Wilder in the third and fifth before finishing him in the seventh, and took next to no damage in a one-sided beating.

Then in their contractually obligated third bout, Fury dropped Wilder in the third, before being put down twice in the fourth, and coming back to land knockdowns of his own before knocking his rival out cold in the eleventh.

Love and Fury: The Magic and Mayhem of Life with Tyson by Paris Fury is available now.

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