John Fury, father of unbeaten light heavyweight champion Tommy Fury, admits the contest with social media star KSI was very difficult to watch.
KSI and Tommy Fury had been trading words since last year.
They finally entered the ring last Saturday night in Manchester. The fight itself was very ugly – with consistent holding throughout the contest. During the fight, Fury was penalized a point for punching KSI to the back of the head when he was unable to free himself from a clinch.
After the smoke had cleared, Fury was awarded a close six round unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring it 57-56. Initially the fight was announced as a majority decision, but a scoring error was later revealed.
John Fury felt the contest was close and could have gone either way.
“To be honest with you, styles make fights and it wasn’t a good watch,” John Fury told Boxing Social.
“I’m used to seeing two men stand up and box properly. But when another man’s from another background completely to what we’re doing, it’s hard to replicate in sparring, but we knew what he was going to do and I didn’t expect the referee to let him get away with as much holding. He was holding him constantly and he couldn’t get his arms out, he was smothering his work, it was horrible to watch. Listen, like I said to mark the end of it: If [KSI] had gotten the decision, there’d have been no qualms from me.”
There won’t be a rematch, with Fury indicating that he wants to move forward in another direction with other fights. For his part, KSI is furious with the outcome and intends to appeal the verdict.