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Tyson Fury doubles down on retirement, says contenders can face each other

Tyson Fury after his victory over Dillian Whyte. Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney

Tyson Fury 32-0-1 (23) says he he was approach half a dozen times to make the fight with Anthony Joshua 24-2 (22).

The British rivals were scheduled to meet last year before an independent arbiter ruled that Fury owed Deontay Wilder 42-2-1 (41) a third bout.

While Fury successfully defended his WBC heavyweight crown against Wilder by 11th round knockout in October last year, Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to undefeated Ukrainian southpaw Oleksandr Usyk 19-0 (13) in August.

After his most recent victory over mandatory contender Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte 28-3 (19), a sixth-round knockout victory at Wembley Stadium in London in April, the 33-year-old Fury announced his plans to retire. Joshua, 32, is heading into an immediate rematch with Usyk in Saudi Arabia on August 20.

It was the second time Joshua has lost a professional bout. In June 2019 he was stopped in seven by Andy Ruiz Jr 34-2 (22) before reversing the result with a unanimous decision victory in their immediate rematch six months later.

Fury is leaving big money on the table if the Joshua fight never happens, but he insists he is happily retired despite not relinquishing his WBC belt.

“I tried to make that fight six times at least, in my memory, in the last five years and have been unsuccessful every single time because you’re messing with a diva who doesn’t want to fight,” Fury told iFL TV.

“Years ago, when he was an undefeated knockout artist, people thought, ‘you know what? He could beat Tyson Fury, maybe’.”

“Then when Anthony Joshua got bounced off the canvas by Andy Ruiz, people said ‘he’s a bodybuilder — Tyson’s right, he hasn’t got a chance’.

“Then when he looked shockingly shit in the [December 2019] rematch against Ruiz – who didn’t train for a day, by the way, he was out in Mexico partying with the president – people said he was shot to bits.

“Then he goes and gets beaten by a cruiserweight [Usyk]. That bird has flown. I am the undefeated heavyweight king.”

There is still pressure on Fury to to face Joshua, but that seems increasingly unlikely to happen.

A long line of challengers are queuing up to face Fury, with recently crowned WBA ‘regular’ titleholder Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 18-1 (17) and Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce 13-0 (12) lining up for their shot.

Dubois knocked out Trevor Bryan 22-1 (15) in four rounds earlier this month. Dubois is set to face Christian Hammer 27-9 (17) at Wembley Staidium in London on July 2.

“I’m happily retired and there will always be somebody else to fight, whether it’s Joshua, Usyk or someone else — Dubois, Joyce,” Fury, who lives in Lancashire, continued.

“Go and find another sucker to fight them all because I’m all out of getting punched in the face for a few quid. I don’t need it.”