Tyson Fury’s father John Fury emerged as the unexpected star in BT Sport’s latest edition of preview programming for the Deontay Wilder rematch.
The broadcasters, who will show the bout on February 22, produced a roundtable debate show featuring Fury Sr, David Haye, Paulie Malignaggi and Steve Bunce.
Not long into the discussion came the first topic of contention, when Haye suggested Wilder could be better second time around.
Fury disagreed and said: “They cherry-picked him and that wasn’t good enough because they underestimated what fire Tyson’s got in his belly.
“You could saw his leg off with a saw and he’d still fight.
“All the time Tyson’s breathing and he’s able to throw, he’ll get up and fight.”
Tyson’s father later continued: “Believe me, Deontay Wilder and his little skinny legs, he’s gonna know he’s on him after six or seven rounds.
“I would put any money, any money now that Tyson does what he says he’s gonna do.
“It could be over early, it is gonna be a knockout, a Tyson Fury knockout.”
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Before Fury and Wilder met for the first time, the American travelled to Belfast and crashed the Brit’s weigh-in for his bout with Francesco Pianeta.
He was met by a confrontation from John Fury, who reflected on the incident: “I’ve been up close and personal with Deontay Wilder.
“I’ve seen something in his eyes, I’ve seen what I’ve seen in him and my son’s got too much for him in every department.
“It was in Ireland. I come right close to him and I thought, ‘You couldn’t beat my son with hammers in each hand.’”
Fury’s debate with Haye heated up later as he suggested: “A man when he’s pressured, and he’s had a hard time, he’ll crack at the seams.
“Once he cracks, the crack will spread from here to Manchester and back, and it’s over.”
Haye replied: “I don’t reckon Wilder cracks.”
To which Fury fired back: “Do you want a bet then? I’ll bet you £50,000. I’ll bet you 50 grand, 100 grand, I’m a man of my word.”
Haye insisted: “I don’t like to bet. It’s not about betting, it’s about my opinion.”
The final topic which saw an exchange came when the group discussed Tyson’s trainer switch.
After his last fight against Otto Wallin, John Fury ripped into Ben Davison and his son would later bring in SugarHill Steward with Davison leaving the camp.
Haye questioned this decision and said: “I’d prefer to have Ben in the corner, someone who’s–“
But he was cut off by Fury, who replied: “Ben’s a great kid but he was a PTI instructor 12 months ago.”
Haye countered: “Everybody starts somewhere, Adam [Booth] was a PTI before he worked with me.”
Fury concluded: “I know the kid, you can’t expect a boy to do a man’s job. He did a great job, but he was only a companion for Tyson.
“When it comes to technique and knowledge I’ve seen a lot of flaws in his work.”