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Who is John, Tyson Fury’s father?  Why wasn’t he at ringside watching Gypsy King beat Deontay Wilder?  Will he be cleared in Florida for Tommy Fury’s fight against Jake Paul?


Tyson Fury was quick to thank his father, John, for his role in helping him reach heavyweight boxing glory.

The Gypsy King was born into a fighting family with his father once again a key figure in his preparation for his trilogy victory over Deontay Wilder.

John Fury still fights his son’s Tyson corner
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But Fury Snr. wasn’t around Tyson ringside for the WBC title clash in Las Vegas last month as he is banned from entering the United States.

For that same reason, John cannot join Tyson in helping his other son Tommy during the latter’s clash with Jake Paul in December.

Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at who the 57-year-old is and why he’ll be watching the biggest fight of his son’s career from home …

Who is Tyson Fury’s father?

Standing at 6ft 3in, Fury Snr. is a retired Irish boxer born in Galway on May 22, 1964.

He fought under the name “Gypsy” John Fury – first as an unarmed boxer before eventually graduating into the professional ranks.

Featured as a heavyweight, John won eight of his 13 fights but lost his only title fight (for the Central Zone belt) to Neil Malpass in June 1989.

In addition to Tyson, he is also the father of Love Island star and boxer Tommy Fury and the uncle of heavyweight Hughie Fury.

Who is John, Tyson Fury’s father?  Why wasn’t he at ringside watching Gypsy King beat Deontay Wilder?  Will he be cleared in Florida for Tommy Fury’s fight against Jake Paul?
John watched Tyson’s win over Wilder last year in the UK

Why is it not allowed in the USA?

John served as Tyson’s trainer until he was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2011 for putting out a man’s eye.

A 12-year grudge with Oathie Sykes that started over a bottle of beer in Cyprus in 1999 boiled over and erupted at a car auction.

John left his rival half blind after sticking his finger into Sykes eye during the attack moments after declaring himself the toughest man in the country.

Yet he pleaded in court for a lenient sentence saying, “I am worried about my son. His boxing career is at stake.

“If I could give her my own eye to find my children, I would – I beg you for my life.”

Who is John, Tyson Fury’s father?  Why wasn’t he at ringside watching Gypsy King beat Deontay Wilder?  Will he be cleared in Florida for Tommy Fury’s fight against Jake Paul?
John was released from prison just months before Tyson beat Wladimir Klitschko
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But Sykes provided different testimony, revealing, “It was like he was trying to pull his finger into my brain through my socket.”

Fury Snr. was released from prison in 2015 after serving just four years and was celebrating Tyson’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko two months later.

He had a front row seat in Düsseldorf, Germany when his son became world heavyweight champion, but his criminal record prevented him from entering the United States.

Touching behind-the-scenes video has since emerged of John throwing every punch with his son as he watched Wilder’s second fight in the UK.

In the video, Fury Jr was heard asking his father if his fight looked good on TV, with John replying, “It was the best I’ve ever seen in my life.

What was said?

Fury Snr. was asked by talkSPORT in October about whether he misses being at ringside with Tyson’s three fights all taking place in America.

He said, “I’m used to it now.

“His wife is his mentor – he has said this in the past – but I am his father and I raised him to be closer to him than to his wife.

“Without me he wouldn’t have a life, so I’m number one in his life, but what am I saying about that?”

“But what can I say about it? [Not being ringside] we have to get started.

Who is John, Tyson Fury’s father?  Why wasn’t he at ringside watching Gypsy King beat Deontay Wilder?  Will he be cleared in Florida for Tommy Fury’s fight against Jake Paul?
Tyson is the WBC heavyweight champion, while Tommy is just a prospect right now

He has since revealed that Tyson Fury will be in Tommy Fury’s corner for his next fight with Jake Paul.

John told BT Sport, “Tommy knows he’s up against a stacked deck, but he should still beat Jake Paul at a gallop.

“And if he can’t, now there is a way for him in the world of boxing.

“It’s decisive for both men, but it will hit Tommy harder because Tommy is supposed to be a professional boxer.

“Tommy will work hard, he will do what he has to do.

“Does Tommy have the skills to beat him?” Yes. Does he have the power to knock him out? Yes.

“It’s all with Tommy – he’s young, can he handle the big occasion at night?”

“But I’m sure he’s thought about it a few times before and he’s got the King of the Ring in his corner.

“Tyson is going to be in his corner that night. I think Tyson will be flying over there in a few weeks to help him.

“Whatever desire he lacks, Tyson will put it there, I’m sure.”



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