Tyson Fury has responded to Chris Eubank Senior by labelling his ‘apprentice’ barb as ‘disrespectful’ and ‘distatseful’ in an Instagram video.
The 29-year-old received criticism from the former two-weight world champion earlier this week when Eubank told talkSPORT Fury never learned how to properly fight.
Eubank said: ‘Tyson Fury, at one time, was learning to box. He had a fight, he won that fight and then he imploded.
Tyson Fury has hit back at criticism from Chris Eubank Senior by posting a video on Instragram
‘He only got to apprenticeship position, as far as I was concerned, and then he stopped learning.
‘Everyone is talking about a fighter who speaks very well in terms of getting people’s attention, but he didn’t learn to fight.’
Snr commented on Fury earlier this week, telling talkSPORT he is at ‘apprenticeship level’
Fury said his remarks were disrespectful as he has won more world titles than Eubank ever did
Tyson Fury’s pro career
BBBoC English and British heavyweight title
Commonwealth heavyweight title
Irish heavyweight title
WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title
EBU European heavyweight title
WBO International heavyweight title
WBO, WBA Super, IBO, IBF, Ring Magazine world heavyweight titles
But Fury, the former WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight title holder, has hit back in somewhat of an uncharacteristically measured and diplomatic response.
In a video he posted on Instagram, Fury said: ‘I’ve just read Chris Eubank’s comments on me, Mr senior, on how I haven’t learned to fight and whatever.
‘Do you know what I’ve got to say to you Chris, a lot of people will look up to you and whatever. You did achieve some great things, but to downplay my achievements when I’ve dedicated my whole life to something and to try and say bad things, it’s just not called for.
‘Because the truth is you only won one belt in your division, I won five in mine, four heavyweight championships of the world and a Ring Magazine title and a Fighter of the Year.
‘So when someone dedicates their full life to doing something and then to try and get that downplayed by someone who didn’t achieve half as much, that’s very disrespectful and very distasteful, but good luck in your life and your career.’
The 29-year-old exploded the heavyweight division into life by defeating Wladimir Klitschko
The victory saw Fury claim the WBA, WBO, IBO, IBF and Ring Magazine world straps
Eubank Snr’s pro career
WBC International middleweight title
WBO world middleweight title
WBO super middleweight title
Fury won those heavyweight belts in his last bout, when he dethroned and derailed Wladimir Klitschko’s 10-year reign in the division with a unanimous points decision in Dusseldorf two years ago.
While Fury was correct in his assessment that he has won more belts than Eubank Sr, the latter did claim more than one world title.
Eubank won the WBO world middleweight strap by stopping his arch-rival Nigel Benn in an explosive fight in 1990.
Snr then went on to successfully defend the belt three times before moving up in weight classes to get his hands on the WBO super middleweight world title to become a two-weight world champion.
Eubank won the WBO world title in both the middleweight and super middleweight divisions
But back-to-back defeats to cruiserweight Carl Thompson in 1998 thwarted his attempts of becoming a three-weight world titlist and resulted in him hanging up the gloves.
Meanwhile, Fury has not fought since 2015, but is back in the gym training and has his eyes set on a return to the ring with potential clashes against heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tony Bellew on the cards.
The ‘Gypsy King’ must reapply for his boxing licence first, though, which is riding on the outcome of his anti-doping case that will be resume in December.
Fury hasn’t fought since 2015 but is back training in hopes of reigniting his career in 2018