Team Fury will have another member on February 11 as Tyson Fury’s father John is set to make his return to the fold following a lengthy prison sentence.
John Fury, who is a former professional boxer himself between 1987 and 1995 under the name ‘Gypsy John Fury,’ was jailed in 2011 for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and has served four years of a nine-year term.
The 50 year-old watched his son win the English heavyweight title under brother Hughie’s guidance until his incarceration, leaving sibling Peter to step into the fold and continue Tyson’s progress to the WBO title contender he is today.
Sadly Hughie passed away in 2014 after a short illness, and with Tyson’s next fight is against Christian Hammer at the O2 Arena in London on February 28, John will be released in time to be involved in the current European champion’s push for world honours.
“It means everything to have John coming home after a long sentence,” Peter Fury exclusively told World Boxing News on Monday.
“Nothing will replace or ease the pain with the loss of our brother Hughie, but to have our family back together is very important to us.
“Of course John will be joining me full-time in the gym and it will be great to be able to show him around the new headquarters in Bolton. There is no head coach in our family as we work as a unit so his help and experience will be greatly received by Team Fury.”
Just days after his father’s sentencing, Tyson, then just 22, went on to stop undefeated Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento in five rounds and would claim the coveted Lonsdale Belt five months later by defeating Dereck Chisora. Eight more victories followed, including a successful trip to the US to fight at the world famous Madison Square Garden, plus a more recent and highly impressive second win over Chisora.
That has left Fury, 26, on the cusp of challenging Wladimir Klitschko or Deontay Wilder for a version of the world heavyweight title in 2015 and Peter says Tyson will only be spurred on by having his father in his corner once again.
“Tyson will feel much better mentally knowing his dad is there with him in his fights,” explained Peter. “John will definitely be a welcomed extra asset in the corner, but not only for Tyson, as of course he will be very influential with my son Hughie who wasn’t even pro when John went away and the other lads who are now part of Team Fury as well.
“John will be working with them and me all day every day and shares my whole focus of getting the results we need in boxing. John coming home will ease the pressure on me too and I’m very happy to soon be having my brother at my side again as I couldn’t have anyone better to fit the bill.
“Apart from John’s addition though my corner crew will remain the same as we have Clifton Mitchel and Asgar Tair doing a great job with us,” he added.