“It’s Not on” – Tyson Fury on Oleksandr Usyk fight
By Charles Brun: Tyson Fury says he’s “NOT” agreed to a fight against unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk next because he only focuses on one fight at a time, and right now, he’s concentrating on Derek Chisora for Saturday night.
If Fury doesn’t fight Usyk next, it’s going to validate the view of the Ukrainian talent and the boxing public that he’s afraid of him.
Fury has dodged losses against Otto Wallin and Deontay Wilder and arguably should have three defeats on his resume already. Usyk could make Fury look bad and take advantage of his slow hands & feet.
Fury said he still plans on slapping Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) if he sees him on Saturday night at ringside, but we’ll see if he changes his mind about that.
The way Fury appeared nervous & agitated at the mention of Usyk’s name during an interview on Thursday; there’s fear there about the Ukrainian.
While Fury claims he intends on continuing his career long as he’s suffered many losses, it’s more likely that he’ll hang up his gloves after he gets beaten once or twice. Fury doesn’t seem to be cut out for dealing with hardship like other fighters do.
“I don’t give a f**k about those guys. I’ll slap him and his boxer,” said Tyson Fury to talkSPORT Boxing when told that Oleksandr Usyk and his promoter Alex Krassyuk will be ringside on Saturday for his fight against journeyman Derek Chisora.
“It’s not on because I’ve not agreed to anything, nothing at all,” said Fury when asked if he’s agreed to face Usyk next. “I only take one fight at a time, and I’m fighting Derek Chisora. The rest of them can go, ‘beep, beep, beep, beep,’ for now.
“Sugar [Hill Steward] doesn’t have a fight on Saturday night, so maybe he’ll chin the manager [Alex Krassyuk]. Just look for an ugly-looking foreigner and chin him, and that’ll be it.
“Maybe I’ll do ten fights next year, and that’s it. That’s a promise that I would love to fulfill,” said Fury about his wish that he could fight ten times in 2023.
“We’re going to punch each other to pieces or as long as it lasts,” Fury said about him and the 38-year-old Chisora. “We’ll find out on Saturday night for sure.
“It’s going to be a fantastic night of boxing before Christmas. It’s going to be cold. Hopefully, it snows.”
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