John Fury 'could have a heart attack' as Stanislav Stepchuk explains not fighting back after headbutt

John Fury 'could have a heart attack' as Stanislav Stepchuk explains not fighting back after headbutt

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 14/05/2024

- 09:02

The father of Tyson Fury has caused outrage with his actions on Monday

Stanislav Stepchuk, who was headbutted by John Fury on Monday, has claimed he didn't fight back due to their age difference - while also saying the 59-year-old was risking a heart attack by getting all worked up.

All eyes are currently on the Fury family, with Tyson Fury preparing to face Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night.

There were awful scenes on Monday, however, with tempers boiling over out in Saudi Arabia.

John headbutted Stepchuk, a member of Usyk's team, with the 59-year-old left covered in blood in the aftermath.

John Fury Stanislav Stepchuk

John Fury has been warned he could have a heart attack after headbutting Stanislav Stepchuk


And Stepchuk, speaking to Seconds Out, has now shed light on his decision not to fight back.

“I was just supporting our team," he said.

“We were only shouting, 'Usyk, Usyk,' I didn't touch him. He went crazy… Yeah [I wanted to punch him], but because of the age difference it would not be very fair."

He then warned Fury Sr that he was at risk of a heart attack due to how worked up he gets.

“He should not look for an actual fight because he could have a heart attack and finish in the ambulance.”

John has since apologised for his actions, while also saying that Stepchuk was a 'disrespectful fella'.

"Sincere apologies to everybody involved. It's just the way we are. Emotions and tensions are running high. He was a very disrespectful fella," he said.

"If you come close in a fighting man's space, you're gonna cop for something.

"What matters to me is respect for my son and he wasn't showing any of it.

"He mentioned my son and that was it, so he had to have it.

"It doesn't bother me [bleeding], it's what we live for, we're fighting people. That's a regular occurrence to me."

John has also previously apologised for getting worked up prior to Tommy Fury's fight with KSI last year.

The head of the Fury family flipped tables and engaged in a brawl prior to that clash.

He also punched a glass panel and threw another headbutt as tempers boiled over, too.

But Saudi Arabian authorities are unlikely to take any action against the Briton, despite his antics out in the Middle East.


John Fury Stanislav Stepchuk

John Fury has caused outrage with his headbutt on Stansilav Stepchuk


While John has apologised, however, he's also ignited a feud with Tony Bellew by threatening to headbutt him next.

"I was saying it to everybody with a pair of ears, let's be respectful to each other," he said.

"They were chanting Usyk, did you think we were going to stand there with our fingers in our ears doing nothing?

When told that Bellew thinks Fury could struggle against Usyk, John then retorted by saying: "You see Tony Bellew?

"He will get a headbutt like [Stepchuk] just got if he comes around me."

John Fury

John Fury has apologised for his headbutt but has threatened Tony Bellew next


Fury and Usyk will face off on Saturday night.

Their battle is expected to commence around 11pm, with boxing chiefs keen for the fight to take place earlier than Anthony Joshua's win over Francis Ngannou back in March.

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