Tyson Fury: I’ve got 3 fights left – Wilder, Joshua & Whyte
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury says he’ll be done with boxing after 3 more fights, and he states he’ll be walking away after he beats Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. If Fury sticks with his 3-fight plan, he’ll be hanging up his gloves at the young age of just 32.
The way that Fury is talking about retirement, it sounds like he believe he can beat Wilder. Fury is already lookin for the exit sign to bail on his career.
Lineal heavyweight champion Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) is fighting WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) in a rematch on February 22, and they reportedly are supposed to fight later this year in a trilogy match.
Whether Fury, 31, can get out of the third fight with Wilder is unclear.
Next month, Fury and Wilder will be fighting a rematch on BT Sport Box Office in the UK, ESPN pay-per-view and Fox Sports pay-per-view. The fight will be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The rematch is to settle the score from the first Wilder vs. Fury fight in December 2018, which scored a questionable 12 round draw. In the aftermath of that fight, Fury and his boxing fans felt that he deserved the nod by the judges. Fury is now so convinced that he CAN’T win a decision, that he plans on knocking out Wilder. The reality is the judges saw Fury get dropped twice by Wilder, out-punched in basically every round, and they gave him a lucky break in scoring it a draw.
Will Fury stick to his 3-fight retirement plan?
“I’ve got 3 more fights left. I don’t know,” said Fury to IFL TV when asked if he’ll fight a trilogy with Wilder. “I’ve got Wilder next, Joshua, Whyte, and then I’m out. Because he’s been mandatory for 2000 days, and he hasn’t been given a world title shot. When I beat Wilder, I’ll give him a shot,” said Fury in giving his reason why adding Whyte as one of his last three fights. “He’s [Whyte] mandatory.
The way that Fury changes his mind from day to day, it’s impossible to see him retiring after 3 more fights. It’s not believable. You’ve got to give Fury credit for using the 3-fight retirement talk as a method to drum up interest in his rematch with Wilder on February 22.
Fury is using an old marketing trick that stores often use to bring in customers. They put up the old ‘going out of business’ sign, and shoppers flock to the store, thinking they’re going to get low cost items. The reality is the store ISN’T going out of business. It’s GOING OUT FOR business. With all the big money fights out there for Fury, he’ll likely continue fighting for the next 10 years if not longer.
Fury wants to give Whyte his title shot
“I think he’s a high ranking contender, and he hasn’t been given a shot at a world title,” Fury continued in talking about Whyte. “When I beat Wilder, he can be a defense for sure. One of my last 3. Joshua and Whyte, done. I think he’s a good fighter, a good boxer, a good puncher with gritty determination. He gets off the floor to win fights.
“I just think he’s one of those people that haven’t had the lucky breaks that everyone else has, and I think he’ll get his shot,” said Fury about wanting to throw a bone to Whyte. “He’s only 31, 32, young for a heavyweight, the same age as me. He’s coming off of a bit of a layoff of six months or so. I think he needs to get back into the ring and get match fit again,” said Fury about Whyte.
What Fury isn’t saying is Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) has only been WBC mandatory since July, NOT 800 or 2000 days. Whyte has been ranked high with the WBC for 800 days, but when they tried to get him to fight in an eliminator against Luis Ortiz, he chose NOT to take the fight. Who’s fault is that? Whyte chose to take a second Dereck Chisora instead of facing Ortiz in a WBC title eliminator. It’s unclear why Whyte was surprised when the WBC didn’t make him the mandatory. I guess when the WBC orders a title eliminator, you got to take them seriously, right? It makes sense to me. If the WBC orders you to fight Ortiz, you’re shooting yourself in the foot by fighting Chisora, aren’t you? It’s common sense.
Fury can still fight Whyte even if he loses to Wilder
If Fury gets knocked out by Wilder on February 22, he can still be a good one and give Whyte a fight. Yeah, it won’t have a world title on the line, but it would be a gracious move on Fury’s part.
Perhaps Whyte thought the WBC would make him the mandatory by letting him fight whoever he wanted rather than following their orders. Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn should have told him that ignoring the WBC and choosing to fight Chisora would result in him not becoming the mandatory. At any rate, Whyte did finally fight Oscar Rivas in a WBC title eliminator last July, but he beat him to become the mandatory.
Wilder will be my 21st knockout victim predicts Fury
“I’ve got my 21st knockout victim,” said Fury in predicting a stoppage over Deontay. “Considering I’m not going to get the decision, I need a knockout. He’s not afraid of a fight. I hope he meets me in the middle of the ring in the first. I was only over there in Detroit for 3 weeks. It opened my eyes to the world of boxing,” said Fury in recalling his time when he met with legendary Kronk Gym trainer Emanuel Steward in Detroit.
“In America, they like to see big shots coming,” said Fury about the U.S fans. “Listen, he’s unbeaten with 40 fights, and I’m unbeaten with 30 fights,” Fury said about Wilder. “You’ve got to respect any man that puts a pair of gloves on, especially a man that’s the knockout king and unbeaten,” said Fury about Wilder.
As you can see, Fury still hasn’t taken ownership for how he fell apart in the championship rounds against Wilder in their first fight. Instead of Fury admitting that he messed up by getting dropped TWICE by Wilder in the championship rounds, he’s now convinced himself that he CAN’T win a decision against him. It’s kind of sad how deluded Fury sounds. Fury needs to step back and look at it from a realistic standpoint. If you get dropped twice, you’re not going to win, are you? Maybe if the fight took place in another world, Fury would have come out the winner after getting dropped twice by Wilder.
Fury still NOT admitting he blew it against Wilder
Gilfoid hates to drizzle all over Fury’s parade, but the fact of the matter is when you get knocked down two times by a world champion, you’re not going to win the fight. It doesn’t happen that way. In a fairytale world, you can get dropped twice, and win a world championship, but in real life.
It would be refreshing if Fury admitted that he blew it last time he fought Wilder, and that he was lucky the referee didn’t stop the fight in the 12th round when he was knocked cold by Wilder. I mean, really. The guy that got the business in the first fight was Wilder, not Fury. That match should have been stopped on the spot when Fury was knocked unconscious by Wilder in round 12.
If Fury wants to win the rematch, he can’t get dropped repeatedly by Wilder. It’s as simple as that. Bellyaching about not getting the win seems sad when you can’t stay on your feet like Fury.
Fury doesn’t want Joshua to spar with him
“I don’t want him to come spar me, because he’s nothing like Deontay Wilder at all, and I wouldn’t want to give him the incite to see what it’s like to be out-boxed and out-punched by me in a spar rather than a fight,” said Fury on sparring with Joshua. “His time will come, don’t worry about that.”
It wouldn’t make sense for Fury and Joshua to spar when the two of them are going to be facing each other in the near future. Moreover, it wouldn’t benefit Fury in the least for him to spar with Joshua, because he’s nothing like Wilder. Their body size and fighting style are entirely different. Fury has brought in a lot of sparring partners, but those guys aren’t similar to Wilder either. I guess if they were like Wilder, they wouldn’t be sparring partners.
Joshua was never serious to begin with when he mentioned that he would be interested in helping Fury out in training for the Wilder rematch. AJ mentioned that in an offhand way, and likely never expected anyone to take him serious. They did though, and a lot of boxing fans got excited about the prospect of Fury and Joshua sparring.