Graeme Souness feared his handshake injured Tyson Fury as he ‘winced in pain’

Graeme Souness says he left Tyson Fury wincing in pain after shaking his hand.

The Liverpool legend said the world heavyweight champ was hurt by his firm grip when they greeted each other at a match. Souness said he was shocked by Fury’s reaction and he thought he may have injured the WBC title holder ahead of a big fight.

The pair met at Manchester United ’s Old Trafford ground when ex-Rangers manager Souness was working as a pundit for Sky Sports. The 69-year-old said: “A few years ago there was a big fight coming up in Manchester and I was with Sky doing a show at Old Trafford.

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"Tyson came along and I shook his hand and he winced. I’m thinking, ‘He’s a boxer’. There was a fight coming up so I think he was worried about damaging his hand.”

Souness revealed he tried boxing only once – and ended up battered and bruised after sparring with a friend in Spain. Speaking on Talksport, he said: “I once got into a ring and sparred with a pal of mine, Dermot, and he bashed me up for three rounds.

“He properly bashed me up and he’s meant to be my mate. Well after that we weren’t mates. I couldn’t use my feet.

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"I’m more of a mixed martial arts man. If I can’t use my legs I’m in trouble. That is a tough sport.” Fury will need to keep away from Souness at any and all social situations building up to his clash against Anthony Joshua.

Joshua's management confirmed they have accepted a 60/40 purse split to set up a WBC World Heavyweight clash on the 3rd December. The British duo will go clash at the Principality Stadium at Cardiff.

“Tyson wants to leave win and win in style,” a source close to the Gypsy King told The Sun. “He wants to leave no one in doubt who is the better fighter. He wants an early KO to put the whole debate about who is the better fighter to bed once and for all."

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