By Charles Brun: Tyson Fury responded in lightning fashion on Saturday to deny the reports of him negotiating with Saudi Arabia to battle the Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk 2 winner.
It was a story that was difficult to believe in the first place because it’s fair to say that Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) would NEVER fight a talent like IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs).
The talented 2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk is all wrong for Fury, and he’d make him look like a monkey in the ring with his skills, movement, and quick counters.
Yeah, it would be believable if the news involved Fury coming out of retirement on the condition that Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) wins the rematch, but not for a situation he might need to face Usyk.
That would be inviting trouble, and Fury’s precious unbeaten record might wind up being marred. What Charles Brun wants to know is why is Fury still holding onto his WBC title if he’s retired?
Is he holding onto it as a keepsake, or is he secretly planning on coming out of retirement to face the AJ vs. Usyk winner?
Whatever the case, the World Boxing Council should have already given Fury a deadline to decide whether he plans on retiring or continuing as their champion.
This is all news to me! Biggest load of rubbish ever! https://t.co/DitcHKIKr4
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) June 11, 2022
Eddie Hearn knows Fury well, and he said this week that he’s NOT going to come out of retirement if Usyk wins the rematch with Joshua. If anyone knows what Fury is going to do, it’s Hearn.
“I think if Usyk was to beat Joshua, I think he’ll stay retired because I don’t think he [Fury] wants to fight Usyk,” said Eddie Hearn to iFL TV about Tyson Fury.
“But I think if AJ wins, and I truly believe he will win, you’ll see the biggest fight in the history of boxing [Joshua vs. Fury],” said Hearn.
I agree with what Mr. Hearn says here about Fury not having to fight Usyk. Fury wants the Joshua fight because it’s a win-win fight for ‘The Gypsy King.’
Even if AJ hands Fury a new backside, the dough he’ll make will make it all worthwhile. Fury can cry to the bank with the boatload of sweet cash he’ll make from a fight with Joshua.
That would be dynasty-type money that could be passed from generation to generation. Of course, with Usyk likely to beat Joshua again, it’s pointless.
For the average boxing fan, it’s hard to understand Fury not taking the fight with Usyk because he can still make big bank fighting him, but when you’re protecting an unbeaten record, that changes things. You swerve the best.