Fury Defiant: “Five-Fight Plan,” But Can He Execute It?

By Daniel Mcglinchey - 02/07/2024 - Comments

A defiant Tyson Fury took to social media today to let fans and the media know that he’s not going to be retiring soon, and he’s planned out of his five fights against Oleksandr Usyk x 2, Anthony Joshua x 2, and Francis Ngannou.

The 35-year-old WBC heavyweight champion Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) adds that this is just the start because he intends to continue to make big fights after his next five contests. He insists that he’s in the “prime” of his life now and is not going anywhere.

Age Factor

Fans on social media doubt Fury will make it through his next two fights against IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) without retiring in tears after losing both matches. Fury is showing his age now, and it’s impossible to ignore.

Fury’s promoters have done a captain’s job of hiding his accelerated aging by matching him with beatable opposition in the form of Dereck Chisora, Dillian Whyte, Francis Ngannou, and Deontay Wilder.

Unfortunately, They can’t hide Fury’s physical decline anymore with soft match-making. The charade is over.

Like many fighters, Fury could be in denial about the drop off in his ability in the last few years since his third war with Deontay Wilder.

Sadly, Fury seems incapable of confronting the bitter truth about the dropoff in his game and the fact that he’s not the spring chicken that defeated 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

Fury is in the denial stage about his physical ability dropoff. That’s a classic situation for fighters and athletes in every sport.

Five-Fight Challenge

“I keep hearing people talk about how I should retire or I’m going to retire soon. I’m not retiring anywhere,” said a defiant-sounding Tyson Fury on Instagram today, shutting down the speculation that he’ll retire rather than face Oleksandr Usyk on May 18th.

“I’ve got two fights with Usyk for the undisputed twice. I’m going to fight AJ once or twice if there’s a rematch if he wants one after the first battering, and then I’m going to fight Ngannou again, and that’s just a start,” Fury continued.

“So, that’s five fights for you to whet your appetite with. I’m not going anywhere, nowhere. I’m 35 years old and in the prime of my life,” said Fury.

Even if Fury wants to stay on after he loses twice to Usyk, the Saudis will likely throw him overboard and move on.

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