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Carl Froch questions how serious Tyson Fury is about his boxing career

Former super middleweight champion Carl Froch has doubled down on claims WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) isn’t serious about his career after the self-styled Gypsy King has been more active on social media than he has in the ring this year.

Froch, who retired in 2014 with a record of 33-2 (24), is a two-time WBC super middleweight champion. He also unified the WBA and IBF 168-pound crowns in a separate title reign and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this year.

He remains unimpressed that Fury keeps teasing big fights on his social media channels without delivering anything for his fans. Negotiations for a proposed late-April fight with WBA, WBO and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) fell apart when the Ukrainian southpaw demanded a 50-50 purse split for the rematch after conceding to the Brit’s demand for a 70-30 split in his favour for the first fight.

“The WBC heavyweight king can’t wait till my next fight,” Fury posted this week. “I’ve been training daily from Christmas trying to get a fight. Tried many fighters and have had no luck but that won’t keep me down. I’m blessed every day I wake up! I know God loves me and everything will work out the way it should as it always does. Can’t wait for you all to see what I’ve got coming for you guys, it’s show-stopping.”

But Froch isn’t buying any of it.

“If he gets too out of shape and remains out of the ring for too long, there comes a point of no return where he could find himself in a tough fight against an average opponent. I believe Fury would have the physical advantage over Usyk, but he needs to be in top form, 100 percent focused, and prepared for twelve rounds,” Froch said to talkSPORT.

“He has to be fit for twelve rounds because if Usyk decides to maintain distance, box smartly and avoid engaging too much, constantly targeting Fury’s body, arms, and chest, and only striking when within range, it could spell a twelve round disaster for Tyson Fury. I’m not entirely convinced he would go straight in against Usyk and that might be why he priced himself out of the fight.”

Froch actually believes Fury has the tools to defeat Usyk, but only if he turns up in shape and ready to use his superior size effectively.

But until Fury steps back into the ring, he remains unconvinced.

“He’s talking a big game right now, hyping up all these fights, but nothing is materialising,” said Froch. “How committed is he to fighting Oleksandr Usyk? Fury is making a lot of noise, but there’s been no official agreement.

“It’s becoming increasingly frustrating and annoying to listen to Tyson Fury because we all want to see him fight. I’m not so sure now how serious he truly is about stepping into the ring.”