Tyson Fury claimed there was no ‘glamour’ in a highly anticipated Battle of Britain bout with the ‘wussy’ Anthony Joshua and also suggested he doesn’t gain credibility against the unbeaten Oleksandr Usyk. Instead, the Gypsy King is gearing up for a trilogy fight with long-term rival Derek Chisora on December 3 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Fury received backlash in boxing circles when he announced Chisora as his next opponent, after sealing convincing wins over ‘Del Boy’ early in his career. Fury is a heavy favorite to defend his WBC heavyweight title against veteran Chisora in his return to the ring next month after his brutal knockout of Dillian Whyte in April.
And many of Fury’s fans would have preferred to see him take on former champion Joshua or Ukraine’s Usyk in a more competitive fight. Negotiations with Joshua’s team broke down over a fight that would have ended their longstanding feud, while an undisputed battle against Usyk has now been targeted for 2023.
Fury has revealed that he plans to fight Usyk next year, despite not seeing the rewards in defeating the star 20-0. “We’ll have three fights next year,” Fury said in an interview for Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotion. “I’ll get this man out of the way first. Usyk is top of the shopping list as long as he gets through this fight with Chisora and it’s not another rematch.”
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“I know what people will say when I crush Usyk. ‘He was too small,’ ‘he was a mismatch,’ whatever. How am I going to get credit for beating a man half my size? It’s all up to me. lose and everything for him to win.
“There’s no glamor in fighting a coward,” Fury added when asked about taking on Joshua. “I don’t fight cowards, I only fight real men. My glamor fight was against Deontay Wilder 43-0 in the United States.
“This other bum fight here with Joshua was like a Sunday roast, people only respect him in England. He’s missing balls and if not it would be Fury vs Joshua and not Fury vs Chisora.”
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Unbeaten Fury has established himself as a great boxer after conquering Wladimir Klitschko in Germany and defeating American artist Wilder in an incredible comeback trilogy. But former featherweight champion Barry McGuigan believes Fury must prove he can dispatch Usyk to cement his status as a true legend of the sport.
“Tyson Fury’s trilogy victories over Deontay Wilder and his win over Wladimir Klitschko have set him on the path to greatness, but fighting Oleksandr Usyk will put him on the table of legends,” McGuigan wrote in his post. Mirror column. “Fury is a proven world champion, but if he wants his record to stack up with the greats, he has to make the big fights happen.”
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