Tyson Fury’s dad John banned from son’s trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury has shown time and time again that he is a family man.

Married to Paris for 13 years and with six children, there is no doubt that home is where the heart is for the former heavyweight world champion.

He was even trained by his uncle Peter until they went their separate ways, with their last fight one to remember as Tyson outpointed Wladimir Klitschko to become the unified champion.

Fury was then trained by Ben Davison but they too have parted ways following the former champion’s win over Otto Wallin last year.

And it seems Fury’s dad John may have had a hand in the decision following his scathing criticism of Davison.

Here is what we know about the elder member of the Fury clan…

Early life

John Fury was born in Galway, Ireland on May 22, 1964, and his family has a long history in boxing. John took the name ‘Gypsy’ John Fury and fought as a bareknuckle boxer before eventually graduating into the professional realm.

Fighting as a heavyweight, he won 8 of his 13 fights but lost his only title fight, against Neil Malpass for the Central Area belt.

A younger Tyson Fury with his dad John


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Serving time in prison

John Fury is best known for his stretch inside, serving four years of an 11-year sentence for gouging a man’s eye out.

In 2011, John rammed his finger into Oathie Sykes’ eye, leaving him half blind and a long grudge seemingly sorted once and for all.

During his trial, the Manchester court heard that John had declared himself the toughest man in Britain before launching into his sickening attack.

But he broke down in tears as he made a desperate plea for mercy in front of his watching son, then 22.

John told the court: “I’m worried about my son. His boxing career is on the line.

“If I could give my own eye to him to get back to my children I would do – I’m begging you for my life.”

But the victim said: ““It was like he was trying to pull his finger into my brains through my socket. I was screaming, ‘Please stop, you’re hurting me.’

“After that he tried to take my other eye – he tried to blind me, sir, not once he tried to blind me, twice.”

The feud began in 1999 when the pair fell out while drinking in Cyprus – then erupted 12 years later at a car auction.

Fury’s dad can’t travel to America

Release from prison

John Fury was released from prison in 2015 and just months later was ringside as his son Tyson shocked then world champion Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight world champion in Germany.

On his release, John told the BBC: “Sometimes his mental state can carry him away but I can understand and help with that.

“I’ve been very unlucky, but very lucky as well because my son has remained undefeated [during my time in prison] and come on in leaps and bounds.

“But when I think he is going down the wrong way I can pull him up and tell him ‘we don’t need that’. I want to let him do what he does best: box and be a nice guy.”

And his brother Peter, then training Tyson, told Boxing News: “Today the Fury family grows stronger as my brother, John, is released from prison following a four-and-a-half year sentence.

“It’s a happy day, a cause for celebration, and I’m just glad we get to have him home. It gives us the chance to put all of this misery behind us. Now we can concentrate on the boxing.”

But although John was present that night in Dusseldorf, he cannot watch his son fight in the United States due to his criminal record.

Criticism of his son

Following Tyson’s win over Otto Wallin last year in which he had to survive a nasty cut in the third round, John laid into his son’s preparations and his training team.

“I’ve never seen him as bad,” he told BT Sport.

“He looked weight-drained, he looked like he’d left it all in the gym to be honest with you.

“From the second round on there was no snap, there was no real movement, there was no real thought going into his work.

“It was just a laboured performance, and then the good happened, he’s a lucky man to get the win to be honest, very lucky indeed.

Tyson Fury with his dad John


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“With a cut as bad as that, what was it, the third round? I don’t know how he got to the twelfth.

“I just think he’s a very lucky chap to emerge the winner. But that’s not Tyson in there, I know that.

“Whatever’s gone wrong in that camp, which it has gone wrong, somebody’s to blame and he just to me looked like he didn’t have any strength from the off.

“His timing was off, his distance was terrible, he didn’t look for the body.

“He never threw a meaningful shot really and the only ones thrown were like laboured off flat feet, hoping to connect and get him out of there.

“Whether Wallin is a lot better than I can see on the television, but to me he was no better than his last opponent [Tom Schwarz] to be honest with you, because he never had the skill to capitalise on it.

“If he’d have been in front of any other man tonight, either Wilder, Ruiz, any of them top three, he wouldn’t be coming away the winner.

“Even Povetkin, he wouldn’t have beat Povetkin on that performance tonight.

“I’m being honest about it, he’s my son, I’m a straight talker, that’s the worst I’ve seen my son.

“But what I can say? I’m very proud of the way he mauled his way through it, he showed world class heart and he will come again.

“He needs to go back to the drawing board and see what’s gone wrong here. And be honest to look in the mirror and say, ‘Things ain’t gone right.’

“He needs to look where he’s gone wrong. I’ve half an idea, but that’s for my own.”

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