Tyson Fury’s father John has convicted his son’s American promoter Bob Arum for failing to handle Deontay Wilder’s call for a trilogy fight, showing that he has genuine concerns that it could be the American who will come out on top.
Fury was set to fight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 14 for the undisputed heavyweight crown, arguably the greatest fight in British boxing history.
Those plans were dismantled in an instant, however, when an arbitration panel ruled that Fury should fight the Bronze Bomber for the third time.
John Fury is disgusted that his son has been forced to fight Deontay Wilder again
Fury’s father John is ‘appalled’ by Bob Arum’s (judge) transfer of the Deontay Wilder match
Fury will wrap up his trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder on July 24 in Las Vegas
Soon after announcing Wilder’s successful appeal, Fury’s British promoter Frank Warren told Sportsmail talks were underway to reach an eight-figure settlement that would put Wilder aside.
However, Arum spoke to the contrary, telling ESPN that they would not pay Wilder and instead fight Joshua at a later date.
He even indicated that Top Rank had reserved the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for Fury vs Wilder III on July 24, which is now the official date and venue.
John Fury has now stated that he was disgusted with the way Arum handled the situation.
‘[Tyson has] 20,000 yes men around him, ”he said in an interview with BT Sport. This is what happens when you reach the top; there are lots of leaching agents out there, lots of hangers on.
“You can see what’s happening to him in America – terrible work to be honest.
Fury believes his son is surrounded by too many “yes men” and “hangers” in America
He added: ‘It’s devilish, isn’t it. You’re ready to fight one man, and all of a sudden it’s all resolved within 24 hours by the 11th hour.
‘He signs contracts in a completely different boxing location. They are around him like a grasshopper. I think to myself ‘how can he think clearly’. ‘
While insisting that it’s the Gypsy King’s team to blame, Fury believes his son is making the wrong decision by fighting Wilder again, insisting that he should have taken on Joshua after all, even without his WBC belt.
“He can blame his team, no one else,” he said. ‘Anything that is rushed is not good and that is rushed. He fought AJ; I wanted him to fight AJ – I had no interest in Deontay Wilder.
‘I told him in a phone call to throw the belt in the trash, leave him [Wilder] got it and fight AJ on August 14th as scheduled. ‘
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Complacency is a recipe for boxing disaster, as seen in Joshua’s initial defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.
And it’s now a real concern for Fury, who believes both Wilder and Joshua’s likely opponent Oleksandr Usyk have significant chances of triumphing in their respective bouts, as well as wondering if Tyson will have a fair chance in America.
“I’m concerned if Tyson can up his game for Wilder,” he said. Whether he becomes complacent is a mistake. There is a good chance that things will go wrong out there. ‘
“The dangerous point is to get fair play,” he added. Right now, the American boxing fraternity is ashamed of the latest escapade.
Why not take a $ 20 million step aside without a fight and a guaranteed shot at the winner, when you’re fighting for a lot less money and you risk having your skull collapsed again?
“It doesn’t make any sense, so it’s clear that the powers that be in America are involved, they are in control and have trapped them both.”
He continued: ‘Both men can be defeated. AJ can be beaten and so can Tyson, because both men can get complacent, think about the other and suddenly you’re doing something else.
“They are ready to fight, the greatest fight in history. Now we have two warm-up fights in between. ‘
John Fury has rebutted Eddie Hearn (right) claims that they never wanted the undisputed fight
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claimed that Fury and his team never wanted the uncontested fight, a sentiment that John rejected.
However, he wonders why the arbitration was not resolved in December.
“Everyone seems to be doing what Bob Arum says,” he said. ‘It’s not cricket, is it? I don’t mean any harm to Bob, he probably has good intentions.
‘But it’s all about money. All of this benefits the Americans, because they never wanted the Saudi struggle.
He added: ‘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 there was a big fight going on?
“I could rattle about this all day, but the audience knows they aren’t fools. What can I say about it? Total waste. ‘