Tyson Fury receives message about boxing retirement after father strikes panic ahead of Oleksandr Usyk fight

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Tyson Fury has been told not to retire despite his father's comments ahead of Oleksandr Usyk fight

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 28/11/2023

- 10:47

The two men will settle their differences in Saudi Arabia on February 17

Tyson Fury shouldn't retire just yet despite worrying comments from his father John, it has been claimed.

The Gypsy King is currently preparing for his blockbuster showdown with Oleksandr Usyk, which is due to take place in Saudi Arabia on February 17.

However, as that bout nears, John has panicked boxing fans by admitting he sees a decline in his son.

The 59-year-old also said he feels Fury needs more time to be ready for his fight with Usyk.

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Tyson Fury's father John recently panicked fans by admitting he's seen a 'decline' in his son


Yet Telegraph boxing correspondent Gareth A Davies, speaking to Boxing King media, thinks Fury won't retire any time soon and has already set his sights on a rematch with Usyk.

“John [Fury] always speaks from the heart and is very open about these things," he said.

“My instinct is that first fight is going to be a draw, and they’re going to go at it later in the year in a second fight."

He continued: “No, I don’t see anything particularly broken there, but John’s views are always fascinating.

"They [the Fury’s] know the game inside and out.

“Even going back to the third fight with Deontay Wilder, John thought Tyson should hang up his gloves and that he had nothing else to prove.

"I got his point at the time. At that point, Usyk hadn’t beaten Joshua twice.

“John always speaks with great concern about Tyson. He doesn’t want him to be damaged.

"Tyson took a lot of damage in that third fight with Deontay Wilder. The fight with Francis Ngannou, we know he didn’t look great that night.

“Yes, he may have underestimated Francis Ngannou.

"It’s one of his poorest performances, yet for many of us, it makes the Usyk more compelling.

"Yes, he [Fury] is getting older. Yes, he’s been involved in the sport a very long time.

"I understand John’s concerns. I do think from a purist point of view, a legacy point of view, I think the Usyk fight is important.

"He also said he doesn’t have time to get ready. That was one of his comments as well. I

"I cannot see them having announced ‘The Ring of Fire’ for February 17th in Riyadh, that they delay the fight any further."

Davies also suggested that John may just be playing mind games with Fury and attempting to get into the Gypsy King's head.

“We had the press conference, the fight is signed," he said.

"I think John is just talking out loud, but maybe it’s his way of getting into Tyson’s head to get into camp and be ready.

“I think there is enough time for him to get ready, and maybe it’s his wake-up call to wake up his son to ‘Come on, get in there, get yourself ready for the big fight.'

“John is a big sage. I know he has his moments where he goes crazy on stage, and sells fights, and is a big figure in the heavyweight industry and obviously around his sons Roman and Tommy.


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Tyson Fury is currently preparing for his stunning showdown with Oleksandr Usyk


“But he speaks a lot of sense, and he’s a man who knows the fight industry and boxing industry inside out.

“He knows his onions, and for him to be saying that, I think Tyson needs to get his game plan right, get his team right, and get everything right for this fight with Oleksandr Usyk on February 17th."

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