John Fury sounded agitated last night when asked questions about his son, lineal/WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, on his performance against Francis Ngannou last October in Saudi Arabia.
John immediately shut down the discussion about Fury’s victory, which seemed odd. Some would argue that he didn’t want to deal with the criticism over Tyson Fury’s effort in that fight, as he resembled an over-the-hill journeyman and looked nothing like a world champion. Fury doesn’t handle criticism well, either.
The thing is, Fury has always performed like that, but his opposition has been largely middle-of-the-road fighters.
Instead of the gloating, boastful remarks from the 59-year-old John, he shut down discussion about Tyson’s questionable ten round split decision win over Ngannou (0-1), calling it a “good victory,” and then claiming the 35-year-old is “the best heavyweight” in the division by a “country mile.”
It was odd not to see John pouring praise over Fury’s head by the bucketful, yakking it up about how great he looked, which would have been hilarious to listen to.
Is Fury still the best heavyweight?
Fans saw a 40-ish-looking, middle-aged Fury getting dropped by Ngannou and losing his cool, resorting to elbowing when things got out of hand. That elbow looked like a desperate Hail Mary type of move, with Fury resorting to dirty pool to save him.
It looked like Fury got frustrated with how Ngannou was dominating him, so he chose to toss an elbow, hoping to incapacitate him like he did to Deontay Wilder with a rabbit punch in their second fight.
“I just don’t want to talk about Tyson’s victory. It was a good victory. There’s enough people talking bulls***t, and I’m not going to be one of them,” said an agitated-sounding John Fury to Secondsout when asked about Tyson Fury’s performance against Francis Ngannou last October.
“My son is still the champion of the world and the best heavyweight by a country mile. You watch him versus Usyk; he’ll reign supreme and stop Usyk.”
The performance from Fury showed that he’s definitely nowhere near the #1 heavyweight in the world, as some British fans had been calling him going into the Ngannou fight.
The elbow from Fury in the sixth round wasn’t seen by the referee, which normally would have resulted in a point deduction.
It was such a dreadful performance by Fury, and it made you wonder how his promoters maneuver him into winning a world title. What this writer took away from the effort by Fury is that he was ALWAYS a manufactured fighter and was never that good.
In other words, a creation by his promoters, who have done a great job of maneuvering Tyson around, matching him against bottom fringe-level heavyweights like Dereck Chisora x 3, Dillian Whyte, Otto Wallin, Tom Schwarz, Francesco Pianeta, and Christian Hammer.
His only two notable wins were a mauling, mugging of the spindly-legged Deontay Wilder and an entirely shot 39-year-old Wladimir Klitschko, who had nothing left at that point in his career.
If you look at Fury’s career resume, it’s totally obvious that he was never the fighter that the casual boxing fans and his loyal followers had touted him to be.
It’s obvious from watching Fury stumble around the ring against Ngannou that he’s heading towards defeat in his next fight against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Of course, you can’t rule out Fury winning a controversial decision like we saw in the Ngannou fight, but apart from that, he’s likely doomed.
If the judges get it right in the Fury-Usyk fight, Usyk will win a decision and send Fury down to his first career. Tyson will likely retire after the rematch, which he’ll also lose.
At that point, the only way Fury will continue his career is if the Saudis offer him a load of money to fight Anthony Joshua, who is in the same boat, with his career sinking into the abyss.