Boxer Tyson Fury raised more than a few eyebrows when he announced that he’d be joining WWE earlier this month.
Even his own promoter, Frank Warren, was unaware of his plans and immediately raised concerns about the risk of injury ahead of what will be another money-spinning rematch against heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder next year.
Warren may well have had his heart in his mouth when footage emerged overnight of his prize fighter clutching his ankle after being ambushed by on-screen rival Braun Strowman during a training session.
Tyson Fury has looked to have picked up an ankle knock in training for his pro wrestling debut
The 31-year-old boxer has been practicing in ahead of his fight this month in Saudi Arabia
However, he was blindsided by arch rival Braun Strowman who sent him crashing to the canvas
Fury looked to be in some pain after the knockdown and was quickly seen to be WWE staff
The heavyweight boxer was at the WWE performance centre in Orlando when Strowman launched a surprise attack on the Gypsy King, knocking him to the canvas.
‘Security’ managed to separate the pair and escort the 6ft 8in American out of the facility, but Fury appeared to have picked up an injury after the attack, hobbling as he got back to his feet.
Fortunately for Warren, the footage is seemingly no more than an attempt to build up a rivalry between the pair ahead of their match at the Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on October 31st.
The risk of a real injury remains for Fury, however, and that would potentially derail his attempts to claim Wilder’s WBC title belt and cost him millions of pounds on offer in a bout that has been penciled in for February 22 next year.
The 30-year-old recently revealed that Warren was completely in the dark about his plans to use WWE to boost his profile in the US – and was ‘p***** off’ when he found out when it w
‘That’s true, I wanted it to be a big surprise,’ Fury told the ESPN MMA. ‘He was mad, quite p****d to be fair.
Fury’s 6ft 8 in foe Strowman was escorted out of the building but mocked his next opponent
‘He said to me, ‘I think this is a really bad idea, you could get injured. Braun Strowman is a massive guy. What happens if the cut reopens? What happens if you get injured shoulders or legs or whatever?’
‘If we lived our lives on ‘what if’ we would never do anything in our lives.
‘I think you gotta take the bull by the horns and get up there and enjoy it because, like I say, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’
Fury tried to go after his arch rival but hobbled as a result of his apparent ankle injury
While Warren is less than impressed, former WWE star and executive of the company, Triple H, has been taken aback by the 31-year-old British boxer’s skills as a pro wrestler.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: ‘He is a showman first and foremost, and it’s really what he does.
‘But it’s not an act; it’s not a show. It’s just who he is. He’s charisma. He’s the X-factor. He walks into a room, and you look at him.
The rivalry between the pair has intensified this month and they will fight in Saudi Arabia
The Gypsy King was a surprise guest ringsideat Smackdown and was called out by Strowman
Fury demanded an apology at Monday Night Raw but things escalated out of control
The following week, the pair signed a contract to end their feud in Saudi Arabia in Crown Jewel
‘He is the guy that your eyes are attracted to from a standpoint of just who he is. So [in] that aspect of it, he’s custom-built for us.
‘I was blown away. I sent Vince (McMahon) a video of him about 45 minutes after the first day he was at the Performance Centre, and I said, “You’re not going to believe this, look at what he’s already doing.”
‘He picks it up so quickly because he’s so laser-focused on it. He wants to put on this epic show.’