John Fury makes feelings clear on Mike Tyson after being snubbed for Jake Paul - 'What's wrong with him?'

John Fury makes feelings clear on Mike Tyson after being snubbed for Jake Paul - 'What's wrong with him?'

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 12/04/2024

- 14:19

The American has caused controversy with his decision to come out of retirement in July

John Fury has admitted he's shocked that Mike Tyson has chosen to fight Jake Paul, instead of himself.

It was announced last month that 57-year-old Tyson would be coming out of retirement to face Paul in Arlington, Texas, on July 20.

Fury has repeatedly admitted he'd love to go up against Tyson, the man he named his son after.

But, like many other boxing figures, he's been left unhappy by Iron Mike's decision to face Paul.

John Fury

Boxing news: John Fury has criticised Mike Tyson for choosing to fight Jake Paul instead of himself


And now, speaking to Seconds Out, Fury has admitted he's 'shocked' that the boxing legend would prefer to face Paul.

"I'm the same age as him. What the hell is wrong with him?" he said.

"Even Turki said… His Excellency said, 'I'm shocked Tyson didn't want to fight you'.

"I'm shocked myself but I tell you what, I must have a presence - the Gypsy King's dad. He's fighting a middleweight instead of me.

"But I'll fight anybody, I'm not bothered.

"Let's get me paid – but pay me what I'm worth. You can get killed can't you?

"But I'm willing to risk my life for the right fight and the right fight is him, Mike Tyson."

Other members of the Fury clan have also spoken about the subject.

Tommy Fury has been critical, dubbing the showdown 'disgraceful', saying earlier this week: "I don't want to give a prediction on that.

"It is a 60-year-old man getting in the ring with a 26-year-old man.

“It is disgraceful. At the end of the day if you are a good man, you don't want to fight a legend like that now.”

He added: “What he was is not what he is now.

"These 10 second clips on the internet or a minute look great, but anyone can do that.

“The fight isn't a minute, at 60 you are going to feel it.

"And I know one thing, he couldn't beat me so he is jumping in the ring with a 60-year-old. But Jake Paul hasn't done himself any favours.


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Boxing news: Mike Tyson and Jake Paul will fight on July 20


“Would I get in the ring with Mike Tyson if I was offered it tomorrow? No.

"You have to have some respect about you I think.”

Tyson Fury, however, has refused to criticise the duo.

He told The Stomping Ground: "I think it's fantastic for boxing.

"You've got a legend in Mike Tyson. You've got a YouTube boxer who's come into the game and blew it up and he's got millions of followers and millions of views and millions of eyes.

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Boxing news: John Fury has admitted he's 'shocked' Mike Tyson didn't want to fight him


"Good, bad or indifferent. Some people love him, some people hate him.

"So, I think it's a really good spectacle for boxing. Brings a lot of people to the game.

"And listen, who am I to say, 'Oh, Mike Tyson shouldn't be boxing or Jake Paul shouldn't be boxing', good luck to them.

"They're both gonna make what I call a s**t ton of money out of it. So, isn't that what it's about?"

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