Tyson Fury’s Father Anxious Over Son’s Usyk Fight Training

November 23, 2023
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Tyson Fury's Father Anxious Over Son's Usyk Fight Training

Tyson Fury’s father, John Fury, has expressed worries over his son’s preparation for his fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

Boxing fans will have the chance to see the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since 1999. The winner will follow in the footsteps of Lennox Lewis who defeated Evander Holyfield to achieve that feat. The fight had been long in the making ever since talks over a bout in April at Wembley emerged.

Usyk had agreed to a 70-30 split, however, the fight failed to get made due to differences over the terms of the rematch. Thereafter, a fight date for December 23rd, 2023, had been agreed. However, that all changed following Fury’s fight with Francis Ngannou.

The latter put on a competitive performance, thus sending the WBC heavyweight champion to the canvas in round three, as Fury scraped through with a split-decision win. In the aftermath, Fury’s camp confirmed a change in date since the turnaround time from the Ngannou fight was not enough. The new date would, therefore, rule out any excuses of the fighters not being prepared. And yet, John Fury’s following comments do not make for good reading.

John Fury’s Comments

“The 17th February is the date they have got to work towards. But in my opinion, Tyson needs a bit more time to get his conditioning right and his weight right. For my money, his last three fights, I have seen a bit of decline.

“Not a decline in ability but a decline in strength, power and physical condition. I don’t know what they are doing up there, you have to address it. He didn’t look himself out in Saudi. He didn’t look right, everything had changed about him, his demeanor, his body. I was puzzled,” John Fury said

Nevertheless, it is important to bear in mind the following points. Fury has shown that he does fight to the level of opposition that he is facing. And this was shown through his fights against Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder.

Fury’s History

Fury shocked the world to beat Klitschko in his own backyard by traveling to Germany. Meanwhile, he also overcame mental health struggles and substance abuse issues to secure a draw with Wilder. That was then followed up by stopping the Bronze Bomber on two occasions as he secured the WBC belt. And yet, John Fury still had some reservations.

“He said he had been training but there is training and there is training. If you’re going at your own pace no one is going to tell you otherwise, no one is going to offend you or kick you up the backside,” John Fury. No one can teach Tyson how to box, or teach him more than he knows. All they can do is put some muscle on there and make his body rock solid.

“For my money he looked fat-thin, he should have been better, a bit heavier with a lot more muscle. Tyson is a mammoth fella. He needs to power up in the body department and the only way you do that is a proper course and they take time and we don’t have the time,” Fury stated

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