John McDermott says Tyson Fury never deserved to beat him 11 years ago

‘Of course it still annoys me… he’s a millionaire now and I’m struggling’: John McDermott says Tyson Fury never deserved to beat him during controversial bout 11 years ago… and Fury Snr admits it too!

  • Tyson Fury fought John McDermott for the English heavyweight title in 2009
  • Fury beat McDermott via a contentious points decision decided by the referee
  • Back then judges weren’t mandatory at every fight at that level but they are now 

In the ongoing battle for heavyweight boxing supremacy between Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder the former has something the others do not – an unbeaten professional career. However, in 2009 he won one bout in very fortunate and controversial circumstances.

The WBC heavyweight champion of the world boasts an undefeated record of 30 wins and one draw from his 31 fights so far – with his most recent triumph coming against Wilder in February to strip him of the WBC belt.

But 11 years ago, the ‘Gypsy King’ was nearly dethroned by John McDermott as the pair slugged it out for the English heavyweight title.

John McDermott (left) has reflected on his contentious fight against Tyson Fury in 2009 

The pair slugged it out for the English heavyweight title – a fight that Fury won controversially

Referee Terry O’Connor awarded Fury the fight – a view many inside the venue disagreed with

According to many, McDermott did win that bout in Essex. He was denied victory on a points decision that was determined by referee Terry O’Connor with judges not mandatory at every fight at that level then. Since then they are now.

‘Of course it still annoys me,’ McDermott told Sky Sports when he reflected on what could’ve been if his arm had been raised instead.

‘I’m not saying I would have gone onto fight for the world title but it would have helped me, at the time. 

‘A bit more money when there wasn’t much money in boxing. He’s a millionaire now and I’m struggling.’

O’Connor’s decision to award the fight to Fury was met by boos around the venue with Fury’s dad, John, conceding that they were fortunate in a discussion with a devastated McDermott in the aftermath of the fight.

Fury celebrates with the English heavyweight belt, as McDermott reacts crestfallen to the loss

‘I was outside [in the car park] about to get in my car,’ McDermott said. ‘To give him his due, Fury’s dad said: “You won today, well done”.’

And McDermott’s trainer at that time CJ Hussein emphasised that point: ‘Fury’s father said to me in the car park: “My boy didn’t deserve that, he was very lucky”.

‘People don’t know this – Fury came to my gym many years later with his uncle Peter. He put his hands together like he was praying and told me: ‘Thank god McDermott left you for the rematch’.’

The duo did go toe-to-toe in a rematch the following year with Fury stopping McDermott in the ninth round of their second fight in 2010.

McDermott, now 40, last fought in 2015. His career record reads 28 wins and eight defeats from 36 bouts. 

McDermott, who is now 40, says he is struggling financially and reflects on what could’ve been

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