WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury weighed in on his fight with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder trilogy, Oleksandr Usyk at heavyweight, Billy Joe Saunders vs. Canelo Alvarez, Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury, and more.
After the rematch clause for his third fight with Deontay Wilder expired, Tyson Fury focused his attention on the unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. It is the most talked-about fight right now and on the verge of being signed.
Over the past couple of months, Fury’s rival Anthony Joshua has been in phenomenal shape and looks ready to fight. Fury, however, has shown little enthusiasm, as he is still doubtful about the bout. In an interaction with iFL TV, “The Gypsy King” revealed that he has stopped working out.
“I’ve stopped training now, man,” Tyson Fury said. “I’m on holiday. I’m doing probably about anywhere between eight and 10 to 12 pints of lager a day at the minute. Not eating now. So, I’m just getting the calories through alcohol. And that’s it, really. Just doing nothing, nothing to do as I’ve done, like training, training, training, training, training with no further process.”
Although there is evidence supporting this claim, Fury is known to play mind games on his opponents before his fights. A few weeks back, Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn explained how Tyson Fury used to FaceTime him at odd times.
The promoters of both fighters seemed happy with the proceedings in past interviews. But Fury insisted that nothing is truly finalized until he gets a ton of money and both boxers are actually in the ring.
“Well, let’s break it down, shall we? To a bare minimum. Eddie Hearn’s a boxing promoter. So is Bob [Arum]. It’s their job to sell the fight. Joshua is saying what he is saying. I don’t know what he’s saying. I’m not on social media at the moment at all. So, whatever they say is very unimportant to me. Until I’ve got a date, a fight, and a hell lot load of money in my pocket — there [are] a lot of things going on [that] people don’t know behind the scenes that can scupper for a fight. So, nothing’s actually on until you’re actually in the ring. So yeah, we’re nowhere near that at the moment.”
Big fights have always been difficult to make in modern-day boxing. Look at Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, for example. Although it is the biggest PPV fight in boxing history, the bout happened too late. Some critics even claimed that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao happened when the Filipino legend had already exited his athletic prime.
Fury said his collision with Anthony Joshua is unavoidable. But he admitted it could take years like Mayweather-Pacquiao.
“I can do nothing. It’s out of my hands. It has nothing to do with me. It’s not to do with me at all. I’m just a boxer. There’s a lot of things behind the scenes going on. Like I say, that can alter a fight. Do I think I’m going to be fighting Joshua in the next 10 minutes? Hell no! Do I think the fight will eventually happen sooner or later? Yes. It has to happen. But do I think it’s imminent? Right next minute? No, I don’t. Listen, we’ve seen Mayweather and Pacquiao. How long did that go on for?”
Tyson Fury to Fight Twice in 2021 and Mike Tyson could be His Next Opponent
Tyson Fury affirmed that he would fight twice this year. And it does not matter whether his opponent is a cartoon character or a 54-year-old Mike Tyson.
“That’s the way I look at all these fights. Wilders, anybody, anybody… I’m open to [fighting] Fred Flintstone and his cousin. I’ve got two fights this year. I don’t give a f*** who it is. I don’t care if it’s Joe Bloggs, Fred Flintstone, Mike Tyson, anybody. I just want to fight this year.”
The last time Mike Tyson fought in an exhibition, he sold over $1.6 million PPVs against Roy Jones Jr. Fury vs. Tyson is a possibility, considering that the duo has shown interest in fighting each other in the past. Don’t forget that Mike Tyson is also in shape.
Fury Gives His Thoughts on the Deontay Wilder vs. Mark Breland Feud
Deontay Wilder and his coach Mark Breland had an ugly breakup. Wilder accused his former trainer of spiking his water in the Tyson Fury rematch. After months of silence, Breland finally responded to “The Bronze Bomber” with a fiery response.
When asked for his reaction, Fury opted to stay out of the drama. However, he ended up saying that if “AJ” does not fight him next, he might battle Wilder in a trilogy.
“I don’t know. I’m not interested. Anything they gotta say, none of my business. I’m sure [he] and his relationship with his boxing trainer is up to him and none of my concern. But you know, don’t write Wilder out of the equation either. He could be fighting me next. Who knows? I Could have a third trilogy with Wilder. Like I said, a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes, you know? And Wilder might be next.”
Per Eddie Hearn, there is an arbitration going on. And if the result favors Wilder, then Fury might be forced to “give some kind of compensation” to Wilder before fighting Joshua.
Wilder has not fought since his first pro loss to Fury. There were stories about him potentially fighting Charles Martin, but these rumors faded away faster than they surfaced.
Fury Says He Will Never Fight in the UK, Discusses Possibility of Wilder Trilogy
Tyson Fury claimed he would never fight in the United Kingdom again, although his bout with Joshua would be the biggest boxing event in British history.
“I won’t ever box here [UK] again. No, finished. The superstar of world boxing. He ain’t gonna box in a small old show somewhere. It’s got to be in the capital of entertainment in the world. My home city now is [Las Vegas]. Fought my last three fights there. My last four fights have been in Staples Center, MGM Grand Garden Arena, T-Mobile Arena, [MGM Grand Garden Arena]. So, they’ve all been over there. So I intend to stay there. And end my career over there.”
The last time Fury fought in the UK was August 18, 2018. He took on Francesco Pianeta in a tune-up bout. Fury then fought Wilder for the first time in December 2018.
As far as fighting in an empty arena is concerned, Fury is uninterested.
“I’ve actually been to one of these fights before. I watched one last year with [Daniel] Dubois, and it is dead. I have not been able to box because I don’t want a box when there’s no atmosphere there, and I loved the fans to be there and all sorts of stuff.”
Fury Gets Real on Oleksandr Usyk
Ukrainian boxer, Oleksandr Usyk, took on his first real heavyweight challenge when he fought Derek Chisora on October 31, 2020. Usyk, being the former cruiserweight champion, had many fans excited for the bout. Unfortunately, he struggled to beat Chisora, who is on his way out of the sport.
Fury had some harsh words for Usyk, but he also said that it could have been a style problem. Was it really the style? We will find out when Usyk takes on Joe Joyce for the WBO interim heavyweight title soon.
“Usyk was supposed to be the savior of the division. And he fights a gatekeeper in Del [Derek Chisora]. No disrespect to Derek, but he’s at the end of his career. He’s nearly 40 years old. He’s had 40 odd professional fights. And he’s lost majority of his last [fights]. So, I thought actually, Chisora deserved a win or a draw at worst. But he lost it on a split [decision]… If you’re struggling with Derek Chisora, then how you’re going to beat the top guys in the division? But styles do make fights, as I know as a story. So, never can write anybody off.”
Fury on Billy Joe Saunders’ Chances against Canelo Alvarez
After Canelo Alvarez devastated Avni Yildirim, Eddie Hearn announced a monumental fight between Canelo and Billy Joe Saunders.
Besides David Benavidez, many consider Saunders to be Canelo’s toughest challenge at super middleweight. His speed, angles, and defense are expected to give Canelo a tough time.
“Power is not going to intimidate Canelo,” former WBC light middleweight champion Sergio Mora said in his breakdown of the fight. “It’s speed, it’s angles, it’s having to follow him and make him use the ring. These are the things that actually frustrate Canelo, and that’s what Billy Joe Saunders has.”
When asked whether Saunders can beat Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury said:
“Is Billy Joe got as good a chance as anyone and beating anybody out there? 100 percent! But if it’s meant to be, it’ll be. And if it’s not meant to be, won’t be. There’s no point in going on like, ‘Oh, can he win?’ Yes. No. Yes. No, whatever. This is all about what’s meant to be in life and what’s for you won’t go by you. And if Billy Joe Saunders is meant to beat Canelo Alvarez, then I’m sure he’ll do on May the first, that’s for sure.”
Saunders and Canelo will collide on May 8, 2021. The venue is yet to be announced.
Fury hypes up Tommy Fury vs. Jake Paul
Tyson Fury’s half-brother and Love Island star, Tommy Fury, had a back and forth with Jake Paul on social media. When asked about a potential fight between the two, Fury said it’s a 50-50 bout.
“Jake Paul can fight. I’ll let you know. I think they’re both about the same kind of experience. He’s got a few pro fights, he’s had a few. Tommy has a limited amateur background. 10 fights or something. I think it’d be an even fight to be fair.”
It’s no secret that Tommy has more fights in the ring than Jake. Some fans even want the fight to happen so they can see the YouTuber get knocked out. Nevertheless, Tyson Fury stated that knocking out Paul won’t be an easy task.
“How you’re going to smoke someone in a round? The man’s 6ft 1in, 185 pounds, can box, can fight. We’ve seen him knock people out, we’ve seen him in the gym, sparring. People can’t just knock out a journeyman who [has had] 50 losses in a row. So, to knock out someone who’s trying to win, pretty hard, pretty hard. Especially if they’re the same size and everything’s equal, you know? I think it’d be an interesting fight to watch. And I think it’d be an interesting fight for boxing, for sure. Because you’ve got two celebrities going at it.”