John Fury warned son Tyson he would NEVER speak to him again if he took on Deontay Wilder.
Thankfully, he and Tyson reconciled before the fight in December 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which proved to be an instant heavyweight classic.
The two men will meet for a third time this Saturday night in Las Vegas, a fight you can hear exclusively live on talkSPORT.
Fury made his comeback in June 2018 after three years of inactivity due to a drink and drug fuelled depression.
After finding peace and losing ten stone, the ‘Gypsy King’ secured easy victories against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta before setting his sights on Wilder.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’, who held the WBC heavyweight strap at the time, had knocked out every man he had ever faced and possessed the sort of power capable of terrifying even John Fury.
Although he watched his son climb off the canvas twice in the epic first meeting, Fury Sr pleaded with his son not to take the fight and vowed not to speak to him if he did.
“He said, ‘Dad, these two are going to to and fro all day long,” Fury Sr said on his Gold Star Promotions UK Tour. “‘I’m going to step up to the plate and I’ll fight Wilder’.
“I said, ‘If you do that I won’t speak to you for as long as I live because you will get hurt; you’ve just lost ten stone in as many months, you’re not really fit at all.’
“I said leave it, you’ve had a couple of warm-up fights, you’re not there yet. Your strength ain’t there, you can’t knock a hole in a wet paper bag, where’s your sense?
“He said, ‘Dad I’m a fighting man, if I get beat I get beat; I’m going to do what Joshua’s frightened to do and step in the ring. If he beats me, he beats me, the best man will win’.
“It went from there and the rest is history; it was the best comeback of all time, who gets up in the 12th round like that?
“He was out, out cold… divine intervention I tell you.”
After the thriller in LA, Fury beat Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin in Las Vegas to set up a sequel bout against Wilder in Sin City. This time, he knocked the 35-year-old out to become a two-time world champion and maintain his undefeated professional streak.
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Not content with the loss, Wilder offered a plethora of excuses in the aftermath of the loss at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in February 2020.
Wilder doubled down on those accusations at Wednesday’s event. He said: “I don’t regret it, I will go to my grave believing in what I believe in.
“One thing about it, men lie, women lie, but your eyes don’t lie what you see – people can believe what they want, but the eyes don’t lie and it only made me better as a man to see certain facts. It made me hungrier than before.”
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