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Brutal knockout that caused Big John Fury to take four-year break from boxing

Dominic Smithers

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Brutal knockout that caused Big John Fury to take four-year break from boxing

Big John Fury is known to be a bit of a hard man, I mean, he's the dad of heavyweight champion of the world, right? But some of you may not be aware that he had a professional career in the ring.

Between 1987 and 1995, Fury had 13 bouts, enjoying eight wins and suffering four losses as a heavyweight.

However, it was a brutal defeat in 1991 that led to the 58-year-old taking a four-year break from the sport. Prepare to wince as you watch the footage below:

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Fury went up against up-and-coming heavyweight Henry Akinwande, who was unbeaten in 11 fights before they went up against one another in Manchester.

In footage from the fight, Fury is on the back foot from the very get go, with Akinwande giving him a strong right hand to the face in the first round.

John Fury suffered a brutal KO in 1991. Credit: YouTube
John Fury suffered a brutal KO in 1991. Credit: YouTube

And despite Fury managing to get in a few shots of his own, hitting his opponent with some fierce blows to the body, he just couldn't overcome Akinwande's power and speed.

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In the third round, Fury was dropped to the canvas after Akinwande smashed him in the face with a right hand.

And as the song goes, that was all she wrote, with Fury stunned from the shot and unable to get back to his feet before the count was out.

After this loss, Fury didn't return to the ring for four years, with him going up against Steve Garber, who had previously fought and beaten earlier on in his career.

However, things didn't quite go according to plan for Big John, as he was knocked out once again, this time in the fourth round.

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On the other hand, Akinwande would go on to become the WBO heavyweight world title in 1996.

Fury was unable to get back to his feet. Credit: YouTube
Fury was unable to get back to his feet. Credit: YouTube

In more recent times, Fury has turned his attention to the likes of YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul.

Fury was seen squaring up to Paul after he overheard him chatting pure s**t towards Tommy Fury during Tommy's exhibition fight against Rolly Lambert Fogum in Dubai.

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The complete and utter borefest was the result of a last-minute match-up after Tommy's previous opponent Paul Bamba pulled out.

Throughout the fight, Paul was heard talking smack about Tommy Fury... and then after it finished, his dad had had enough and went full-Hulkamania, throwing his top off.

"Forget my son, I'm the king of the bareknuckle," Fury shouted.

Paul replied: "Nobody likes you, you're embarrassing. You're a fat, miserable, old man."

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The YouTuber said: "Come down here and fight me bro," whereas John wanted him in the ring.

Shortly after the bizarre scenes, Tommy then calls out 'b*tch' Paul and demanded he make his way into the ring.

As you might have expected, Jake opted to stay put ringside and he later revealed why he wouldn't step through the ropes.

"He had the high ground. Anyone that knows about war knows the high ground. That was madness. Honestly, I thought damn…he should start an OnlyFans," Jake said.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube

Topics: Tyson Fury, Tommy Fury, UK News, Boxing, Jake Paul

Dominic Smithers
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