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Tyson Fury changes his three-fight plan: replaces Whyte with Chisora

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By Charles Brun: Dillian Whyte has been edited out of Tyson Fury’s 3-fight plan and replaced by high level journeyman Dereck Chisora for his last three fights of his career. Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) plans on ending his career after he faces WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Chisora.

Even though Fury and Wilder are contract for a potential trilogy match later in 2020, Tyson thinks that fight won’t happen. Fury believes that after he knocks out Wilder in their rematch on February 22, he won’t trigger the rematch clause in the contract for a third fight between them this year.

Whyte removed by Fury in his three-fight plan

Tyson didn’t give a reason why he removed the 31-year-old Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) from his three-fighter list. It’s bad news for Whyte, who now no longer has the option of fighting Fury for the WBC title if he beats Wilder to capture the belt.

If Wilder chooses not to go after the WBC belt after Fury vacates and retires, then Whyte won’t get a chance to fight him either. So it would mean NO Fury or Wilder for Whyte. It would be a tougher fight for Fury to take on Whyte in the final fight of his career.

Assuming that Fury is beaten by both Wilder and Joshua by knockouts, it would be hard for him to finish with another big puncher in Whyte in the final fight before he retires. In a worst case scenario, Fury could finish his career with three consecutive knockouts. That’s not exactly the ideal way for Fury to ride off into the sunset, is it? On the bright side, Fury will have made enough money to last him three lifetimes.

Against the weak contenders that Top Rank matched Fury up with recently in Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin, Fury was willing to be aggressive against those guys, but they lacked power. Fury fought like frightened against Wilder in their previous fight in 2018, and the only he stopped moving when he got tired in the championship rounds.

Fury: I’ll KO Wilder and he won’t want a rematch

“I’m happy doing what I’m doing, and taking three more scalps before I hang them up,” said Fury to BT Sport. “Three more. I’m going to knock Wilder out, and he’s not going to want a rematch. And then I’m going to fight Joshua, and beat him too.

“I always said to my old pal Dereck Chisora that I’ll have a farewell fight with him. Maybe I’ll get the Old Tafford fight with Del Boy after all,” said Fury. “Then curtains. I’ve had a fantastic career,” said Fury.

It’s possible that Fury could KO Wilder. After all, looked what Muhammad Ali did in stopping a prime George Foreman in the 8th round in their famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ on October 30, 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire.  However, one big problem that Fury has is he tends to run, and he only timidly spears with his jab.

It’s hard to compare Wilder with Foreman, because he doesn’t have the same poor stamina that ‘Big George’ had throughout his career. So even if Fury out-boxes Wilder through seven rounds, it’s not likely that he’s going to gas out in the 8th round like Foreman did against Ali.

Fury has two wins over Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) in 2011 and 2014. In their first fight, Fury beat Chisora by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision at the Wembley Arena in London. In their needless rematch in 2014, Fury stopped Chisora in the 10th round.

There’s a very real possibility that it’ll be Fury that gets knocked out by Wilder. When that happens, it’ll put Anthony Joshua in a tough position in fighting Fury rather than Wilder. But if Fury makes it clear to Joshua that this is his only chance he’s going to get to face him before he retires, he’ll do it.

Tyson with no interest in training fighters after retirement

“Not really,” said Fury when asked if he’d like to be a trainer after he retires. “I believe horses for courses. There’s a lot of good trainers out there. Just because you’re a good fighter, it doesn’t mean you can be a good trainer. So it’s not something I’m interested in, and you’ve got to have a keen eye for it.

“I don’t think I have what it takes to be a trainer, and I have no interest in training fighters,” said Fury. “My concern about boxing is to make sure I come out of it in one piece with my faculties in order. Once I’m done I’ll never return. Not for any amount of money or any amount of titles or fame. I know when I retire, I’ll retire fulfilled, and I won’t any more,” said Fury.

With the money that Fury will end up with when he retires after three more fights, he won’t need to train fighters. He’ll be too busy traveling, and living the life of a wealthy millionaire. Training fighters is hard work with long hours, and it’s hard on the hands.

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