John Fury fears his son Tyson could lose his unbeaten record and WBC heavyweight world title at the hands of Deontay Wilder following the collapse of his proposed fight against Anthony Joshua.
The Gypsy King appeared nailed on to finally lock horns with his British rival in Saudi Arabia on August 14, before a US judge intervened and demanded a trilogy fight with Wilder.
Fury comprehensively outclassed the Bronze Bomber last year but his father is concerned the late change of opponent could have damaging repercussions for a fighter who has struggled to maintain focus in the pass.
The 32-year-old’s team, led by veteran American promoter Bob Arum, bore the brunt of Fury Snr’s ire and feared the bunch of ‘locusts’ surrounding his son represents a significant cause for concern.
‘[Tyson has] 20,000 yes men around him,” John Fury said in an interview with BT Sport. ‘This is what happens when you get to the top; there’s a lot of leaches out there, a lot of hangers on. You can see what’s happening in America with him – appalling work to be honest with you. It’s diabolical isn’t it.
‘You’re geared up to fight one man, and all of a sudden on the 11th hour it’s all sorted in 24 hours. He’s signing contracts in a whole other boxing venue. They’re around him like locust. I’m thinking to myself ‘how can he think straight’.
‘He can blame his team, no one else. Anything rushed is no good and that’s been rushed. He was fighting AJ; I wanted him to fight AJ – I had no interest in Deontay Wilder. I told him in a phone conversation to chuck the belt in the bin, let him [Wilder] have it and fight AJ on August 14 as was planned.
‘I’m concerned whether Tyson can raise his game for Wilder. Whether he gets complacent, makes a mistake. It’s got a good chance of going wrong out there. The danger point is getting fair play out there. At the minute, the American boxing fraternity has been embarrassed from the last escapade.
‘Why wouldn’t you take a $20 million step-aside without fighting and a guaranteed shot at the winner, when you’re fighting for a lot less money and you’re risking getting your skull caved in again. It doesn’t make sense, so obviously the powers that be in America are involved, they’re calling the shots and trapped them both.
‘Both men could get beat. AJ could get beat and so could Tyson, because both men could get complacent, thinking about the other and all of a sudden you’re doing something else. They’re geared up to fight, the biggest fight in history. Now we have two warm-up fights in between.
“Everybody seems to be doing as Bob Arum says. It’s not cricket is it? I mean no harm to Bob, he’s probably got his intentions right. But it’s all about money. All this is benefiting the Americans, because they never wanted the Saudi fight.
‘This arbitration could have been squashed in December, but they didn’t – they ran out of time. Why didn’t they squash it when they knew this big fight was happening? I could rattle on about this all day, but the public know, they’re not fools. What can I say about it? Total garbage.’
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