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Tyson Fury's father reveals what he said to son during boxing sabbatical

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Team Fury has never been far from the headlines.

Whether it's Tyson's well documented health issues, troubles with substance abuse, or temper tantrums on Twitter, the Fury family likes to be heard.

And with the same sledgehammer approach he’s used on opponents, Tyson has never been reticent in saying his piece. And it seems he’s a chip off the old block.

His father John Fury has never been short of a word, and possesses the same quick-fire temper; infamously jailed in 2010 for gouging out a former friend’s eye.

But time appears to have mellowed Fury Senior, which is probably a good thing.

In a candid interview on iFL.TV, John Fury stated he didn’t think he’d ever see his son fight again following the British Boxing Board of Control’s two-year ban for a failed drugs test.

“I didn’t think he [Tyson} could come back. I thought it was all over, done and dusted, but he proved me wrong,” he said.

In a typically honest manner, he suggested that in a discussion with the former heavyweight champion, John Fury questioned his son about his options and the future.

“I said to him, ‘is this what you want to do with your life? When you get to my age you’re going to look back and reflect, and you’re going to be gutted forevermore’ but thank god he’s come the right route."

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He went on to say he believes his son is a better person following his troubles, acknowledging that they were self-inflicted and his own fault for not listening.

Boxing famously attracts hangers-on, often with opinions and demands often detrimental to the fighter. Fury was no exception and the fall-out was very public.

“He knows what he has to do to change things and he's doing it, he's changing everything. I am 100 percent happy and confident in every way."

The road back to becoming a serious challenger may be bumpy, and no amount of taunting from the sidelines will provoke the Anthony Joshua camp into an immediate fight. But, a representation deal with promoter Frank Warren will make a comeback that's much more realistic for the six-feet 10-inch boxer.

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John Fury ended by saying: “I have no doubt in my mind that my son can reclaim those belts when he's 100 percent right and ready. He's an extraordinary fighter, brilliant fighter. He's focused. There's nothing else on his mind besides eat, sleep, drink, training. He's on a mission now. He's come back from brink of disaster."

Warren’s team has scheduled Fury’s return to the ring against a yet to be confirmed fighter for June 9, and with many in the game claiming Fury's power and boxing-craft has been missed from the heavyweight circus, his first fight back may well draw many interested spectators, not least the Joshua and Deontay Wilder camps.  

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