John Fury On Fury v Wilder: “If Problems Persist, We’ll Cancel The Fight!”

John Fury hinting that the Fury vs Wilder trilogy could be called off

(clockwise from left) John Fury, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder
(clockwise from left) John Fury, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder

John Fury hinting that the Fury vs Wilder trilogy could be called off

In a recent interview with BT Sport, John Fury, the father of WBC world heavyweight Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s), warned that Fury may pull out of his upcoming fight. Fury was slated to test his might against Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) on October 9. According to John Fury however, the bout could be in real peril of cancellation. This is due to the rocky physical condition that the Gypsy King’s youngest daughter is in.

Fury’s wife, Paris, has just recently given birth to their sixth child, Athena who was born under duress. In fact, according to John Fury, Athena “was dead for three minutes and they brought her back to life.” While his baby girl is on the mend, her less than ideal condition may prove to be a major distraction for the Gypsy King.

“Nobody can expect a boxing match to go on in times like this because family is family and business is business. Sport is sport but, when it comes down to family, they’re first and foremost at the front of the queue and without family you can’t function right.”

“So your family’s got to be intact because if you’re a happy family man and you know things are right at home, you’re going to perform right yourself…I don’t care what those people say and what they don’t say. If problems persist, we will cancel a fight. I’ll cancel the fight because no one would expect it!”


If Tyson Fury withdrew from the bout, it would be the second time in a row. The boisterous boxer had just pushed back their July 24 date when he withdrew from the prizefight claiming that he’d contracted COVID-19. There was rampant disbelief in this alibi which was only strengthened when numerous pictures of a mask-less Fury gallivanting throughout town began to surface. Directly after their rematch, by all accounts, it appeared that the trilogy would be no problem.

There was a rematch clause in their contract, Deontay Wilder enacted it and Fury came off as happy to oblige. Then COVID-19 struck the planet and derailed the sport and most everything else in its path. With no live gate, Top Rank was unwilling to stage the fight, which was the initial reason it began getting pushed back. Then the Gypsy King attempted to abandon the bout in order to fight for undisputed against Anthony Joshua. Yet, in the ninth hour, litigation put in motion by Deontay Wilder guaranteed his trilogy while simultaneously burning the super-fight to embers.


The Wilder versus Fury saga has waged on for many years and honestly it’s getting a bit stale waiting on the trilogy. If the Gypsy King pulled out, it would be disappointing. However, provided his daughter really is in a dire state of health, who can blame him for being distracted? At the same time though, Wilder enthusiasts would be quick to point out the Bomber began boxing precisely because his daughter’s health was not the best. So, their question would be, if Wilder could focus, why not Fury?

In the end, we could speculate the outcome until the stars burn out, but only Tyson Fury and his family have all the actual facts. So, ultimately we’ll just have to wait and see how his personal family ordeal will, or will not, affect the upcoming grudge match. Regardless whether they duke it out in October or not, 3kingsboxing will be there to report the news.

By: Bakari Simpson

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