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Joshua’s victory over Usyk “possible of forcing” Tyson Fury out of retirement.


John Fury has revealed the only fight that would tempt his son, Tyson Fury, back into the ring would be the long-awaited showdown with fellow British fighter, Anthony Joshua, reports dailymail.co.uk.

The WBC heavyweight champion has insisted repeatedly that his boxing days are behind him after walking away from the sport to spend more time with his family after his victory over Dillian Whyte in April.

The 33-year-old could, however, be tempted by a return to the ring to fight the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Joshua, who will meet in their rematch in August with the Ukrainian’s IBF, WBO and WBA titles on the line.

Fury has denied reports previously that he is already in talks to fight the winner and his dad has now come out to reveal that he will remain retired unless fellow Brit Joshua wins the rematch in August.

‘‘Yes. Nobody else will. To be honest with you, he’s never come out the gym,’’ John Fury told the Metro.

“He’s obsessed with training at the moment, twice a day, every day. I’ve been participating in some of it myself.

“He enjoys training, the pressure is off and he loves the gym life. He’s turned into a gym rat basically. It’s funny to see but he is.

“He’s super fit and he’s enjoying his time out the ring. Whether it’s going to be permanent or not, it’s up to him. He says he’s retired but you never know with Tyson.

“He’s training very hard for a retired man in my book. But that’s up to him, we’ll see in the future.”

The 32-year-old bounced back after his last defeat and will be hoping to do the same this time after he was heavily criticised for failing to use his size to his advantage after the rematch was confirmed for Saudi Arabia on August 20.

A formal announcement of the hundred-million-dollar plus deal for Joshua v Usyk II will be made early next week.

The Middle East Kingdom is poised to invest even more extravagantly in the Gypsy King’s return from brief retirement for a spectacular outing, which they regard as ‘the next Rumble In The Jungle.’

The bid by Fury, as holder of the WBC title, to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion, is being pitched for between the World Cup semifinals and Final in Qatar, probably on December 17, while tens of thousands of football fans are in the Middle East.

A source close to the Saudi Royal family says: “This is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious Vision 2030 project to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to the Kingdom alike, leading towards net zero carbon emission.

“The Crown Prince wants the world to recognise Saudi Arabia as much more than an oil country, of which sports and culture are an integral part.”

The mega-bucks deal has been brokered for the Saudi government by long-time boxing fan, Prince Khaled bin Abdulaziz, through Skill Challenge Entertainment, who have secured the global rights for Joshua v Usyk.

Fury added: “He’s a big strong guy and it was only a game plan that let him down last time and Usyk, even though he got the decision, he knew he was in a fight. He was smashed to bits was Usyk.

“So, all AJ has to do is tweak a few things and sheer size and power wins. He needs to get his mind right though as that’s the key to unlocking it all. I believe he can do it.

“He’s got a funny way of doing things. He beat Ruiz in Saudi on the return so why not? If anyone’s capable its AJ.
“I hope he does win and who knows, a fight against him might just tempt Tyson.”





Tyson Fury bluffing about retiring: Eddie Hearn.


Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury is NOT retiring despite him saying he’s done with the sport after his win over Dillian Whyte last weekend.

Hearn states that WBC heavyweight champion Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) is a “Bluff merchant” and just talking.

That’s the view that many boxing fans have about Fury, believing that he’s so desperate for attention because he wants people to show how much they care about him.

The best way for the 33-year-old Fury to receive worship from the fans is to yap about him retiring. It’s pretty sad if Fury is faking a retirement out of a need to be exalted by the public.

If that’s Fury’s game, it will work against him, with fans tiring of his act and tuning him out.

“He was just harassing everybody, basically,” said Eddie Hearn to DAZN Boxing Show about Tyson Fury enjoying himself last Sunday, celebrating his victory over Dillian Whyte.

“Tyson Fury is a great bluff merchant. And he ain’t retiring. The biggest fights for Fury haven’t happened yet.”

Gilfoid agrees with Hearn. Fury hasn’t fought anybody other than an old Wladimir Klitschko, flawed Deontay Wilder, Whyte, and Otto Wallin. Joshua has a better resume.

Fury to retire right now without fighting Joshua & Usyk would be a clear sign that he lacks the conviction that he can win those fights. Frankly, Fury will lose to Joshua & Usyk because they’re too talented for him. Also, he’s looking very, very old at 33.

“If he beat AJ and Usyk, I’d give him all the respect,” said Hearn about Fury. “If we’re giving Fury that kind of credit for those wins, please give AJ the same credit. He beat two of those three,” said Hearn.

“With victories over Wilder, Klitschko, and Whyte, do NOT talk about him being in the same breath as Ali, Frazier, and Lewis.”

With age taking over, Fury no longer can move around the ring and is reduced to flicking a slow jab and grabbing his opponents in a bearhug when they get near.

You can argue that was the worst thing Fury could do because fans are more interested in watching fights when they know that the fighter will continue and face better opposition.

If Fury wanted to bring in more PPV buys, he should have kept his yap shut about retiring and instead talked up the idea of him fighting the winner of the Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk rematch.

Fans weren’t excited about Fury’s fight against Whyte last weekend because that fight was seen as an appetizer for Tyson facing Joshua or Usyk.

Fury blew it by talking nonstop about retirement before and after the Whyte fight. That was a wacky thing to do.

If I were his promoter, I wouldn’t have been happy with Fury putting a dark cloud over the promotion of the Whyte fight by saying he’s going to retire.




Dillian Whyte wants rematch, says Tyson Fury pushed him down “illegally”


Dillian Whyte says WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury used an “illegal” two-handed push to aid his sixth-round knockdown, resulting in ‘Body Snatcher’ hitting the back of his head when he fell last Saturday night.

It’s unclear whether Whyte hit his head on the canvas as he maintains, as the Top Rank highlight on YouTube doesn’t include the knockdown for some odd reason.

It freezes and shows a still picture of Whyte on the canvas. ESPN’s replay doesn’t show the knockdown either. Again, it’s unclear why the most crucial sequence of the fight wasn’t shown.

Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) says the referee should have given him time to recover from the knockdown because it was caused in part by an illegal two-handed shove.

“When the uppercut landed, I was buzzed, and he proper full-on pushed me, and I fell over, and I hit my head on the canvas, which is illegal. This isn’t wrestling; this is boxing,” said Dillian Whyte to Sky Sports Boxing in reflecting on his sixth-round knockout loss last Saturday against Tyson Fury.

In looking at the replay, there was a clear two-handed push on Fury’s part, which toppled the hurt Whyte. Fury didn’t need to push Whyte.

The push was unneeded on Fury’s part, and it’s too bad that he deserted to this move to help him score a knockdown of Whyte.

Given that a push led to the knockout, one can understand where Whyte is coming from in feeling that he should have been allowed time to recover from the knockdown. After all, this isn’t big-time wrestling where fighters can shove their opponents to the canvas.

Fury’s fans likely aren’t going to feel sorry for Whyte, as they’re just happy their hero won. However, if you’re objective about it, Whyte probably should have been given time to recover because it wasn’t a simple one-handed push that Fury gave him.

Unfortunately, Fury used two hands to shove Whyte to the canvas, and if Dillian did hit his head, as he says, that might be why he was so hurt when he got back to his feet.

“But as usual, they let Tyson Fury do what he wants and get away with it,” said Whyte. “I should have been allowed extra time to recover and carry on fighting.”

Fury was doing a lot of wrestling in the fight, forcing Whyte against the ropes, and leaning on him without throwing punches. Whyte tried to get Fury to stop resting on him by tapping him in the back of the head, but it was no use.

The referee should have stopped his mauling tactics from Fury by peeling him off of Whyte because it looked like Fury was turning the fight into a wrestling match during those instances.

“He pushed me and then went and said to the referee, ‘Don’t let the fight carry on.’ I hope he doesn’t retire because I want another go,” said Whyte.