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But Fury made his sensational return in 2018 and picked up comfortable wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta as he eyed up a shot at then-WBC champ Wilder.
The Brit superstar shed an astonishing 10st as part of his dramatic comeback, but 'Big' John felt his son was far from ready for the fight.
Fury's father pleaded with his son in a heartbreaking conversation not to fight Wilder at the time as he didn't want him to end up getting seriously hurt.
During a UK tour for Gold Star Promotions, the 56-year-old said: "He said, 'Dad, these two are going to and from all day long. I'm going to step up to the plate and I'll fight Wilder.'
"I said, 'If you do that, I won't speak to you for as long as I live because you will get hurt; you've just lost 10 stone in as many months, you're not really fit at all.'
"I said, 'Leave it, you've had a couple of warm-up fights, you're not there yet. Your strength ain't there, you can't knock a hole in a wet paper bag, where's your sense?'
"He said, 'Dad, I'm a fighting man -- if I get beat, I get beat; I'm going to do what [Anthony] Joshua's frightened to do and step in the ring. If he beats me, he beats me, the best man will win.'
"It went from there and the rest is history; it was the best comeback of all time, who gets up in the 12th round like that?
"He was out, out cold... divine intervention I tell you."
Fury outclassed Wilder in their first fight and survived a vicious 12th-round knockdown to secure a controversial draw at the Staples Center in LA.
The former unified champ ended all controversies surrounding that night in their blockbuster rematch back in February.
Fury delivered a boxing masterclass as he dropped the 'Bronze Bomber' twice en route to capturing the WBC championship in Las Vegas.
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