John Fury threatened to call off Klitschko vs Tyson hours before opening bell

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John Fury threatened to cancel his son Tyson’s world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko hours before the opening bell.

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When the Fury family arrived in Düsseldorf, Germany’s adopted home in Klitschko, in 2015, they immediately checked out the ring at the Esprit Arena.

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John Fury threatens to cancel son Tyson’s world title fight against Wladimir Klitschkocredit: Sky Sports
John Fury accuses Wladimir Klitschko of 'cheating'

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John Fury accuses Wladimir Klitschko of ‘cheating’credit: Sky Sports
Wladimir Klitschko was made to wrap his hands again

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Wladimir Klitschko was made to wrap his hands againcredit: Sky Sports

But he felt the foam in the canvas was too thick and would eliminate Tyson’s ability to move around the ring and use his footwork.

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Standing firm, he refused to fight until the ring burst and a layer of foam came out, believing that he was being deceived.

The surprise row was captured at the Sky Sports box office at the time, as John argued with Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bonte.

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John said: “Do you want to stop now? The fight is over, come on, let’s go.

“Forget about it, it’s off. It’s off, it’s over, they’re deceiving these guys all the way. The fight is off, forget about it.”

Klitschko was also made to re-wrap his hands, as none of Fury’s team members were present while they were being held.

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After all, it was Klitschko’s older brother Vitaly who settled the dispute.

The former champion made sure that the foundation in the ring was torn down and the canvas was re-laid.

In the end, Fury, now 33, went on to seal a surprise victory on points to 45-year-old Klitschko, using every bit of the ring to bob and weave.

The pair were signed on for a rematch but unfortunately the Gypsy King went into depression and by 2016 dropped his belt.

But it paved the way for the most remarkable and inspirational comeback of all sports.

Fury, who had ballooned to nearly 30 stones, returned to the ring in 2018 and challenged for Deontay Wilder’s WBC belt after three fights.

He was handed only a controversial draw, but won the rematch last year, capturing heavyweight gold five years after his upset victory over Klitschko.

Fury has since cemented himself as the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, beating the 35-year-old Wilder, unbeaten in 32 fights.

Wladimir Klitschko was defeated by Tyson Fury in 2015

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Wladimir Klitschko was defeated by Tyson Fury in 2015credit: AFP or licensors
Tyson Fury blows up a 30-stone balloon

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Tyson Fury blows up a 30-stone balloon
Unbeaten Tyson Fury has proven himself as Heavyweight No. 1

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Unbeaten Tyson Fury has proven himself as Heavyweight No. 1credit: Reuters

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