TYSON FURY had to have injections in BOTH his elbows before his epic trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.
The Gypsy King retained his WBC heavyweight title with a thrilling 11th-round KO victory over the American in Las Vegas last month.
But bone spurs left Fury in 'unbearable' pain before the Sin City showdown, so much so he had to have numbing jabs in both elbows.
Dad John revealed to BT Sport: "To be honest, it wasn't a boxing match, was it?
"Because Tyson was very bad injured going into that fight.
"He had to have chromosome injections in both elbows. Both elbows were numb and he's since had an operation."
The pain in Fury's elbows left him unable to effectively utilise his usually fast and stiff jab.
John, 57, added: "He said, 'I couldn't box, I couldn't work my jab.' He said, 'If I missed with the jab the pain, it would've put me in limp mode. I wouldn't be able to fight.'
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"He said, 'The pain when I was throwing the jab, it was unbearable. So I was fighting two people in there. I was fighting the pain in my own body and him.'
"So he said, 'The only thing I can do is get close and make a war of it.' He said, 'I know I wanted to win more than him.'
"And that was it, he said, 'Seek and destroy or be destroyed.' That was me motto, he said. He either gets me or I get him.
"He said, 'It all went out of the window in the fifth round when I got the knockdown.'
"He said, 'I looked up and thought, 'Here we are again. Dog fight mode. This is where I gotta go. Trench warfare.'
"And he was in there. And he was prepared to do that for as long as it took. And thank God that he was the winner."
The pain in Fury's elbows was so bad he had to go undergo a SIX-HOUR operation to relieve it.
John continued: "A six-hour all-day [operation] having it sort out his elbows because I think he had some bone spurs we had to get removed.
"[A] common thing in sportsman, especially in boxer. And, yeah, he was handicapped from the beginning.
"But the boxing side of it, it went out of the window. Because I knew it was going to be like that from the on.
"When I saw the look in his eye, he just wanted to destroy. Seek and destroy.
"And he did, you know. And believe me, exciting for the paying public, probably one of the most exciting heavyweight fights you'll see.
"But boxing wise, he didn't do nothing he trained."
Fan favourite Fury is expected to return to the ring in March, with a showdown against fellow Brit Dillian Whyte potentially on the cards.
But promoter Frank Warren insists the WBC king won't rush into a Battle of Britain with the Brixton banger.
The Queensbury Promotions chief told talkSPORT: “I don’t think anything will happen until the WBC has their convention, which is later this month and I don’t think that’s going to happen until then.
“There’s no rush and there’s no rush from Tyson’s perspective.
"As I’ve said to everybody, it doesn’t matter what anybody says. He will do what he wants to do.
“If the deal is right he’ll do it. If he doesn’t want to do it, he won’t do it. He’s his own man.”
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