John Fury believes his son doesn’t need to be fully fit to win the WBC heavyweight title
Tyson Fury’s father, John Fury, claims his son is not currently “fighting fit” for his upcoming bout against Deontay Wilder.
Fury Sr insists Tyson is still the favourite regardless and does not need to be at 100 per cent to overcome the champion when they meet on December 1, though conceded he would have preferred to see him take more tune-ups beforehand.
“It wouldn’t have been the way I’d have done it,” John Fury told IFLTV, “I’d have liked to have a bit more time, a bit more ring work.
“The only way you’re gonna get fighting fit is to fight.
“He’s had two comeback fights against mediocre opposition and he’s lost the ten stone.
“It’s a concern at this point for me because he’s up against a formidable champion who does punch hard.
“I believe if he’d had a few more fights it would have been 80/20 in Tyson’s favour, but now it’s a 50/50. It’s anybody’s fight.”
When asked about for his opinion on Wilder, Fury’s father praised the American, yet added that he has not achieved what Wladimir Klitschko had when Tyson beat him.
He believes the champion could defeat his son due the fact he is not fully fit, however insists the ‘Gypsy King’ is still the favourite.
John Fury continued: “I’m giving him [Wilder] a chance because Tyson is not match fit, he’s not fighting fit anyway, but he doesn’t need to be.
“He’s not built of the same stuff other people are, he can do what the normal man can’t do.
“I’m just hoping that he can keep it all under control, box intelligently, and just do his stuff that he normally does and that should be enough.
“No-one can write Tyson off, he’s beaten Wladimir Klitschko and played with a multi world champion. He’s gotta be the favourite.”
Regarding his own recent issues and inability to attend the fight, John Fury dismissed reports that he had been denied a visa to travel to the US.
Fury Sr instead revealed he never applied for permission to go, as he knew in advance that he would be rejected due to his past criminal conviction for gouging a man’s eye out.
“I didn’t try, that’s propaganda,” he continued.
“I never applied because I knew what the answer was going to be.
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“I know with my conviction that I was never ever gonna be able to enter the country. So I never bothered.
“I never asked anybody to do anything for me. I took it like a man, on the chin. I accept my current position and I’m just getting on with it.”