John Fury's stark warning to Joshua as fans call for Tyson Fury fight

‘Don’t mess with Tyson Fury… it’ll be the last time you ever box’: Champion’s dad John Fury’s stark warning to Anthony Joshua as fans call for huge British bout

  • Tyson Fury’s dad issued a chilling warning to Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn
  • A Fury vs Joshua showdown is on the cards after his win over Deontay Wilder
  • But John Fury has claimed that would be ‘the last time you ever box’ for Joshua
  • Deontay Wilder is first expected to trigger his rematch clause, however 

Tyson Fury’s dad has issued a chilling warning to Anthony Joshua amid speculation the pair will fight in a huge British unification fight. 

There has been call for the two champions of the heavyweight division to thrash it out in a mega-fight following Fury’s stunning win over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Joshua holds the division’s other three belts and there is no doubt a clash between the two, in a bid to crown the first unified champion since Lennox Lewis, would be one of the biggest fight’s of all time. 

Tyson Fury’s father John has warned Anthony Joshua to stay clear of a fight with his son

A sensational British heavyweight unification fight is an option after Fury beat Deontay Wilder

But Fury’s dad, John, has told Joshua and Eddie Hearn to stay clear of his son because he will ‘make your life a misery’. 

Speaking about the potential for a fight with Joshua, John Fury told IFL TV: ‘You’re a nice guy. You look well, you’ve got a big future but when it comes down to the beating, fighting lion heart I don’t think you’ve got it. 

‘So, don’t mess with Tyson Fury. Keep your belts, go and fight other people but don’t mess with Tyson unless it’s worth your while, because let me tell you it’ll be the last time you ever box if you mess with him.

‘He will wreck you! [He is a] 19 stone, 6ft 9in wrecking machine who will not stop coming forward but he’ll come forward at you educated and he’ll punish you and he’ll school you and he’ll break your heart.

‘He’ll make your life a misery and your life will never be the same again. So, think on. Eddie Hearn that’s to you as well.’

Fury produced one of the performances for the ages to stir up talk of a unification contest

Joshua (right) produced a thrilling display in December and is now waiting for an opponent


  • 1/10 Anthony Joshua not to fight Fury in 2020
  • 1/5 Fury to fight Wilder for a third time in 2020
  • 5/4 The fight to take place in Saudi Arabia
  • 2/1 The fight to take place at Wembley
  • 5/1 Joshua to fight Fury in 2020
  • 8/1 The fight to take place at Madison Square Garden
  • 14/1 The fight to take place at Old Trafford
  • 14/1 Fury in retire in 2020
  • 20/1 Anthony Joshua to retire in 2020
  • 25/1 Deontay Wilder to retire in 2020

*Odds courtesy of Paddy Power after the win over Wilder on Saturday night

It comes after John Fury admitted he wants his son to retire from the sport.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Fury Snr admitted he was ‘pinching himself’ at the progress Tyson has made over the last two years but thinks he should call it a day.

‘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.’

For any fight between Fury and Josh to take place, the Gypsy King will first need to get through an expected third fight with Wilder. The American has already hinted he will trigger his rematch clause after losing his WBC title.

Earlier this week, John Fury spoke of his son’s possible retirement on Good Morning Britain

Eddie Hearn has urged Wilder and Fury to ‘get it out the way’ as they prepare for a third fight

‘I’m disappointed, but obviously understand it as well,’ Joshua’s promoter Hearn told TalkSPORT of Wilder’s decision to take on the ‘Gypsy King’ for a third time.

‘He was the champion, he’s lost his belt and wants to win it back.

‘I don’t think people want to see the third fight (the first one in December 2018 was a draw). They’ve had 19 rounds now, I think Wilder’s probably won three of them, and in the last fight he didn’t win any and he got battered.

‘But I understand the contractual position. He does have a right to a rematch clause and it looks like he’s exercising it. I’d just say ‘hurry up please’ and do it quickly.’

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