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Tyson Fury slams Carl Froch and Tony Bellew as jealous of his success

Tyson Fury. Photo credit: Getty Images

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) has hit back at criticism of his decision to face boxing debutant Francis Ngannou in a 10-round non-title bout in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on October 28.

The 35-year-old Brit has eschewed a bout against WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14) in favour of the big money bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou instead.

Two retired former world champions who have been particularly vocal about their dismay in Fury’s decision are Carl Froch and Tony Bellew.

Their comments have ruffled the feathers of the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’.

“See these motherfucking balls? Lick them bitch,” Fury said. “The fact that Bellew and Froch didn’t make any money out of the game is obviously hurtful to them.

“I’ve just signed the biggest deal in boxing history, which I can’t divulge to you right now. They’re like all these media suckers, mention Tyson Fury’s name to try and get some clickbait. But without me, there ain’t no fucking boxing. I run the game.”

Froch called out Fury for disrespecting the sport and its fans.

“It’s not classy to talk about money at all. Me and Tony, we’ve done alright, we’ve got out of the sport with our health intact, financially free, physically and mentally in a good place,” he said on his YouTube channel Froch On Fighting.

“I’m an average fighter? Your CV doesn’t stack up against mine, it just doesn’t. You’ve got four wins over world champions, four. Steve Cunningham, an old cruiserweight. Wladimir Klitschko in a real stinker, horrible fight. Deontay Wilder three times, and you beat him twice. I’ve got 11 wins over world champions. Lennox Lewis, what’s he got, 14?

“I’ll tell you something, you can have as much money as you want in your wallet, you turn up to the Hall of Fame party next year and you won’t be dining on the top table with me any my peers, because you won’t belong there with that CV.

“You should be defending your title, fighting other champions. How long have you got in the game? Two, three more fights? It’s a waste to take these crossover fights. You’re killing off the fans, they’re turning against you, it’s sad to see.

“Deep down I think you know you’re hurting the sport. Get in that ring with a real fighter like Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua.”

Fury first became world champion eight years ago when he dethroned WBA, WBO and IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in Germany in a slow-paced fight with a low punch output.

In the wake of the victory he announced his retirement and didn’t box again for over a year-and-a-half.

His second title run began in February 2020 when he annexed the WBC belt from Deontay Wilder in their rematch by seventh-round knockout in Las Vegas.

He has defended the title three times since with knockout victories over Wilder, Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora.