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Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk: John Fury left bloodied after headbutting member of Usyk camp

Tyson Fury’s father was left with blood pouring down his face after headbutting a member of the Oleksandr Usyk camp at a media event today.

John Fury attacked a member of the opposing team at the event in Riyadh to promote Saturday’s undisputed world heavyweight clash.

The 59-year-old was treated by medics, who tried to wipe the blood away, but it continued to stream from his forehead.

John Fury told iFL TV: “I was sat there minding my own business and all I could hear was ‘Usyk, Usyk’, and I am going to stand up for my son. At the end of the day, he’s my son and the best in the world and I want people to respect him and give him the credit he deserves.

“He’s the champion and he’s the best in the world. And when people start saying this and saying that…cos when I was in amongst them all I could hear was badness. Some little idiot comes forward, don’t know who he was, in my face, he got what he got and that’s the end of it. Happens every day of the week for me that.”

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Fury senior said it should be down to the fighters themselves to talk, and not members of their respective teams.

He added: “It’s a fight game innit. Tyson and Usyk can say whatever they want to each other, they’re the ones that are going to fight. But I don’t think anyone else has got the authority to call anybody else, do you? If one of my team was to insult Usyk they’d be sacked because they haven’t got the authority to do that. Let the fighting men fight. I’ve done what I’ve done, I’ve no complaints. I am what I am. I am going to defend my name with everything I’ve got.

“I don’t care if it was a rugby field. When it comes to a fight I don’t care if I get kicked to death. Win, lose or draw, I will have my say.”

As for the fight itself – which pits WBC champion Fury against IBF, WBA and WBO belt-holder Usyk – John Fury revealed his son was going in weighing less than he has ever done before.

He said: “Tyson is in fabulous shape, we’ve not left a stone unturned. I think Usyk has to bring something we haven’t seen before. I’ve watched him do AJ [Anthony Joshua], watched every fight he’s had. He can’t beat the Gypsy King, not on this form, not in this mindset. Career lightest, he’s looking well, mean, you’ll see on Saturday night. The Gypsy King will remain supreme.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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