Tyson Fury says he “must fight Anthony Joshua” before he retires

Fury will replace Joshua with Chisora ​​in December, eight months after his win over Dillian Whyte.

Tyson Fury says he “must fight” British heavyweight Anthony Joshua before he retires.

Negotiations for a potential fight between WBC champion Fury and former champion Joshua broke down in September.

Instead, Fury, 34, will defend his title against Derek Chisora in London, December 3.

“I don’t think I can retire today because I need that fight Joshua.” Fury said on the High Performance Podcast.external link

“We’ve been trying to make that fight for years. It’s a fight that people want to see. It’s a fight that I want to see as a boxing fan.”

Talks of a potential fight between Fury and Joshua followed the 33-year-old’s defeat in his second fight against Oleksandr Usyk. in August

After the fight, Anger challenged Joshua Joshua admitted to the fight via a video on social media, saying he would be “ready in December”.

Negotiations ended with both sides blaming each other for the fight not taking place.

Fury’s meeting with Briton Chisora, 38, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be the pair’s third meeting, with Fury winning in 2011 and 2014.

Fury won the WBC title, which he later vacated along with The Ring belt Second of three fights against Deontay Wilder in 2020.

At the time, Joshua had the remaining heavyweight titles ahead of him Usy’s first defeat in 2021.

In the past year, British heavyweights Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois have also claimed declaration victories in the division, Dubois defeated Trevor Bryan in June and Joyce defeated Joseph Parker in September.

Despite all the fights Fury may have in 2023, Joshua says he remains one of his top priorities.

“For the last four or five years there’s been this three-headed monster: me, Wilder, Joshua,” Fury said.

“Joshua and Wilder have been killed, and I’m the last one standing. All of a sudden, you’ve got some new people coming in now – Joe Joyce, Daniel Dubois, Usyk’s gate crashed the party.

“There’s a lot of new blood now that wasn’t there five years ago and it’s like, ‘Can you beat this person?’

“But I think it would be an absolute dying travesty if me and Joshua didn’t fight in this age.”

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