Boxing World Rips Tyson Fury for Not Helping Billy Joe Saunders’ Father

Published 05/14/2021, 2:25 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 25: Lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury works out in front of Los Angeles media in advance of his highly anticipated WBC Heavyweight World Championship against undefeated WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder on December 1at Churchill Boxing Club on October 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)


WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has faced severe criticism for not protecting Billy Joe Saunders’ father in an altercation with the security on May 8. The incident occurred at the AT&T Stadium. At the venue, a few bodyguards, who seemed unaware of Tommy Saunders’s identity, hit him for breaching protocol. Although Fury was present at ringside, he didn’t seem interested in intervening.

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Fans in the arena filmed the entire act. While Saunders’ father had to take a beating from the security, many have demeaned Tyson Fury’s actions. The clip took a toll on social media, and netizens continue to bash the undefeated heavyweight champion.

WBC Interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte also demeaned ‘The Gypsy King’. He posted the clip on social media and wrote, “Tyson Fury is a coward how can you stand by and watch Billy Joe Saunders father get treated like this, and you didn’t jump the barrier and at lest try to stop them man handling him you are a coward all mouth.”

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Well, he isn’t the only one. Akin to Whyte, several more fans have expressed a similar dissent over Fury’s actions. Here’s a look at a few of the social media posts.

 

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Did Tyson Fury actually support Billy Joe Saunders?

Tyson Fury remained on Billy Joe Saunders‘s side throughout the fight week. He continued to promote the former WBO super middleweight champion. As Saunders suffered his maiden career loss and lost the world title, ‘The Gypsy King’ still poured his support on the fellow Britisher.

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Nevertheless, the recent clip of the altercation might raise several questions. However, being a world champion himself, Fury seems to have a character to maintain in public places. Although fans feel he should have jumped off to save Tommy Saunders, ‘The Gypsy King’ might have had his reasons to not do so.

Do you think Tyson Fury has done the right thing on the fight night?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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