Fury celebrates his win against Wilder in Las Vegas, after a seventh-round technical stoppage
Tyson Fury’s father John Fury was speaking on Good Morning Britain on Monday
John Fury wants his son Tyson to retire from boxing after his stunning victory at the weekend against Deontay Wilder, as he opened up about his son’s journey from depression and addiction.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Fury Snr admitted he was ‘pinching himself’ at the progress Tyson has made over the last two years, and said the heavyweight star should accept Donald Trump‘s invitation to visit him in the White House.
Fury, nicknamed the Gypsy King, was in inspired form on Saturday night in Las Vegas as he stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch, but John believes he should call time on his career now.
Fury Snr described Tyson’s years of depression and addiction, admitting it was a ‘dark time‘
Fury was too good for Deontay Wilder at the weekend in their rematch (above)
‘I want my son to retire now. He’s done enough. It’s been an uphill battle for him,’ John told GMB.
‘I think it’s in the back of his mind. He can’t do anymore. He’s won every professional title. Enough is enough. There’s more to life now. He’s given it his all.
‘He’s got no more to prove. He’s proved he’s been a worthy champion from this country. He’s been 13 years as a pro and he’s always been the opponent.
‘He’s 32 years old. He’s got a young family and I do believe his children deserve their father. He’s done enough and that’s my opinion.’
Tyson Fury’s wife Paris posted this photo of the pair after Saturday night’s fight
He returned to action in June 2018, but John admitted those two years in between were a ‘dark time.’
‘I’ll be honest with you, I’m sat here today and I still keep pinching myself because where he was two years ago, there was no hope basically,’ Fury continued.
‘He was that low, he went that far back that I didn’t think he was ever gonna get back. A light switch just went on and off but here we are today.
‘It was a dark time, when you see a man drinking himself to death to escape reality, he was eating all kinds of food in the bucket-load, and he was doing it in front of you.
‘When your son stops caring [about] what you think, a father and a parent, that’s time to worry.’
Following the first fight against Wilder, which ended in a split decision draw in December 2018, Fury got the win he was craving in spectacular style at the weekend, flooring his opponent twice in a dominant display.
‘I spoke to him straight afterwards on the phone from the BT studio and congratulated him on what he’d done, how proud he’d made me,’ John continued.
‘I can see the joy in his face, his life’s complete now. And now there’s a difference about him.
‘When he beat [Wladimir] Klitschko the first time, his body language wasn’t great. But this time he’s on top of the world, he’s right where he should be.’
John Fury supported the idea that Tyson should visit the US President Donald Trump
Even US President Donald Trump commented on the ‘great fight’, and said he would invite Fury and Wilder to the White House – a move Fury Snr approved of.
‘That’s good for a Fury isn’t it! And I’m a big fan of Donald Trump, it’s been an amazing journey and look where it’s ended.
‘And what a great point to bow out on, and meet him in the White House!’