John Fury Told ‘Let Your Son Have The Spotlight’ After Hitting Team Usyk With Bloody Headbutt

Michael Bisping criticizes Tyson Fury's father for starting fight week off with a bang.

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Michael Bisping thinks John Fury went a bit off the rails.

This weekend, “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury enters the “toughest” fight of his life against fellow undefeated champion Oleksandr Usyk. The two boxing stars are set to face off from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but before they do, their teams would cross paths on Monday. 

So Much For ‘The Calm Before The Storm’

What started off as friendly banter between the teams with chants of ‘Usyk’ quickly escalated as Tyson Fury’s father John randomly headbutted one of Usyk’s team members, Stanislav Stepchuk. Blood poured from Fury’s face with security then getting between the teams. 

Fury has been known to be reckless in the past, but nothing quite like this. Former UFC Middleweight Champion Bisping gives his overall reaction to the 59 year-old’s latest altercation.

“You’re allowed to be passionate,” Bisping said of the incident on the YouTube channel. “You’re allowed to be a strong supporter and you can have a bit of fun and games with it. And maybe sometimes it goes a bit too far, but there’s no need to start assaulting people. That’s essentially what John Fury did.

“There’s a bit of back and forth, there’s a bit of shouting, and then all of a sudden John Fury goes forward and we know no one alive should get in the face of John Fury. But he goes forward, he sees a guy that’s walking by, and this is a kid by the way, and a man and adult, but not a big strapping man. Certainly no one that’s gonna give Tyson Fury’s father a run for his money. He’s walking along, he’s not even looking at him. Fury gets his attention. He turns around, they make eye contact, bink, head butt. Doesn’t drop him, doesn’t sit him down, gives him the Glasgow kiss. But, it’s John Fury that is leaking blood all over the place. It’s absolutely crazy.”

Bisping: “This Fight Doesn’t Need Hyping… Doesn’t Need All The Extra BS”

With Fury vs. Usyk a giant event in its own right, Bisping thinks the super-fight “sells itself” and doesn’t need anything more than it already has, much less their teams going at it after John Fury’s headbutt heard round’ the world. 

“First of all, Tyson Fury has got a massive fight. This fight was rescheduled once already because Tyson got cut. Now there’s another cut, but it’s on the forehead of John Fury. It’s just a bit of an embarrassment, let’s be honest,” Bisping added. “I’m all for people supporting passionately, certainly their children and and their favorite sporting fans and all the rest of it. But when you start headbutting people and assaulting people, well, we just know there’s no place for that.

“And this isn’t even the fighters. It’s not even Tyson Fury, Usyk that’s doing this, right? If it was them doing that, that would hype this fight. And this fight doesn’t need hyping. It doesn’t need all the extra bulls*** that goes along with it because this sells itself. It’s the first undisputed heavyweight title fight in 25 years.”

“Take Your Back Seat And Let Your Son Have The Spotlight,” Bisping To John Fury

Michael Bisping says John Fury has a tendency for these kinds of things— from photo-bombing his son’s face-off with Francis Ngannou (while shirtless) to trying to punch through glass to fight KSI, Tommy Fury’s last opponent. Whatever the case is, “The Count” would like to see John take a step back from trying to take all the shine all the time.

“I don’t want to say this, but it’s kind of true. He’s gotta try and steal the limelight,” Bisping continued. “He’s gotta insert himself into it at all times, right? Every time Tyson fights, John Fury was there. When Ngannou and Tyson Fury was squaring off. He’s there, he’s got his shirt off, he’s involved and all this type of shit. Jesus Christ, take your back seat and let your son have the spotlight. I’m not talking s***. I do find him very, very entertaining. But there’s a, there’s a line man, and you don’t really cross it like that. This is a huge moment for Tyson Fury.”

John Fury has since apologized for his actions on Monday.

Published on May 14, 2024 at 5:56 pm
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