Tyson Fury sounding like he’s done with boxing
By Charles Brun: Tyson Fury says his goals moving forward are to face Francis Ngannou & Jon Jones in the cage after his boxing match with the 37-year-old ex-UFC champ on October 28th and to make a lot of money to top the Forbes list for the best-paid athlete of the year.
If Fury is serious about his plans of going in a different path from boxing to make money fighting Jones & Ngannou in the octagon, surely the WBC must strip him of his heavyweight title with their organization and allow the top two highest-ranked contenders, Deontay Wilder & Anthony Joshua to battle for the belt.
Fury’s plans mean that the undisputed clash between Tyson and Oleksandr Usyk that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has been talking about happening possibly this year in December is a bunch of hot air.
Talking up the Fury-Usyk fight is an excellent way of creating interest in the Fury vs. Ngannou event on October 28th to increase the pay-per-view buys.
“I’ve got new goals. I want to top the Forbes list for the highest-paid athlete for the year, and I want to make a Hollywood movie. I’ve completed the game in the ring; it’s done. I’ve done everything there is to do and won every belt there is to win,” said to Queensberry.
It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to pay to see Fury fight Ngannou in the ring or a cage, as it’s exhibition/celebrity-level fighting and not real competition. Ngannou, who is getting pretty old, nearing 38, should be fighting Sergei Pavlovich or Jon Jones rather than Fury in the cage because it’s not even a fair fight.
If naive boxing fans believe there’s a chance that Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) will be fighting IBF, WBA & WBO champion Usyk next, they’ll be more interested in paying to watch him fight Ngannou in a mismatch.
The Saudis are paying Fury a floating barge full of dough for his crossover fight against the 6’4″ Ngannou, who has never boxed before and likely never will if he loses. Why would he? He’s going to make a ton of money from the fight.
The Saudis will likely be the ones that pay Fury for his cage matches with Jon Jones & Ngannou. It’ll be interesting if the Saudis continue doing these kinds of events in the future, throwing money at non-MMA athletes to take part in cage matches.
Charles Brun can’t picture how Fury would get an opportunity to be in a Hollywood movie. Producers need to sell movies by using trained actors with charisma that are easy to understand.
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