Fury was ‘badly injured’ before Wilder fight and needed injections in elbows

Tyson Fury's father has claimed his son was 'handicapped' by injury despite winning his epic trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder last month.

Fury, 33, came through a classic heavyweight duel by stopping his rival in the 11th round after knocking him to the canvas for the third time, retaining his WBC and Ring Magazine titles in the process.

It was anything but plain sailing for 'The Gypsy King' in Las Vegas though, having to recover from twice being floored in the fourth round himself as Wilder, 36, showed far more resilience than when the pair had last met in February 2020.

That night Fury stopped 'The Bronze Bomber' in the seventh but his preparations were hampered this time around. In July he tested positive for Covid-19 and then weeks later, his new baby daughter Athena spent time in intensive care after complications with her birth.

And now his father, John Fury, has revealed that the Manchester man was also plagued by injury going into his title defence.

"It wasn't a boxing match was it. Tyson was very badly injured going into that fight," he told BT Sport Boxing.

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"He had to have chromosome injections into both elbows. He's since had an operation, six hours all day in hospital having them sorted out.

"I think he had some bone spurs that he had to get removed, he was handicapped from the beginning. The boxing side of it went out the window because I knew he was going to be like that from early on."

He added that his son only had about "three and half weeks to train" before he faced Wilder, and was unable to transfer any of his work in training into the ring.

"When I seen the look on his eye, I just knew he wanted to seek and destroy. That's what he did and believe me, it was exciting for the paying public, probably one of the most exciting fights you'll see.

"But boxing wise, he didn't do nothing he trained on. They couldn't have trained for that, could they?"

Fury's next title defence is expected to be against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in early 2022, but for now he's putting his energy into training cousin Tommy for his bout with Jake Paul in December.

The pair will meet in Tampas, Florida, on December 18.

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