Tyson Fury Signals a Big Announcement and Possible Return to Face Oleksandr Usyk
Following his sixth-round TKO win over Dillian Whyte to retain the WBC heavyweight title, “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) announced that he’s calling it a day and retiring from the sport. His rationale at the time is that he’s done it all and has nothing left to prove. Fighting in front of 94,000 adoring home fans at Wembley Arena in London, England, the fight against Whyte is a perfect send-off. However, is the champ having a change of heart?
Appearing with promoter Frank Warren on the Frank Warren Queensberry Promotions podcast, host Dev Sahni asked them if they have anything cooking in the pot. Fury acknowledged that discussions are ongoing about a myriad of things, but didn’t divulge anything specific. Then Warren chimed in with this teaser.
SOMETHING IS BREWING
“We looked at a couple of scenarios […], and hopefully, we can come up with something that Tyson wants to do. We’ve talked about various scenarios and maybe an exhibition bout, we don’t know, but something will come out of it. Once Tyson’s happy, then I’ll be happy, and then, whatever’s going to be will be. But there’s obviously a lot of things to talk about. […] the public will want to see Tyson Fury back into the ring where he’s the king.
That’s what they want to see. I want to see that […] We’re going to have a good chat. I’m sure we’re going to have some good news as Tyson said that we can be announcing fairly soon.”Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotions Owner
Warren feels Fury hasn’t reached his peak as a fighter and said he would love to see him back in the ring again. Never one to hold back his tongue, “The Gypsy King” gave this response in reaction to Warren’s comments.
MAKING IT PLAIN
“One hundred percent! Like the Jerry McGuire movie said Frank, ‘show me the money! Show me the money, Frank!’ […] If anybody can show me the money, I put a moniker on Frank Warren years ago when I called him the magic man. Because if he can bring someone back from the absolute dead like he did for me, he must have magic. So, he’s nicknamed the magic man. So, the magic man’s going to show us the money, and we’re going to make something big, big, big happen.”Tyson Fury, WBC heavyweight champion
Fury disclosed he’s still training, running, and sparring. Furthermore, he’s yet to relinquish the WBC title. Many fans insist that a return to the boxing ring is inevitable. They want to see him face the winner of the rematch between unified champ Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) and the man he defeated for the titles, Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs).
Fury believes Usyk stops Joshua in eight rounds in the rematch. When asked what it would take to face the unified champ, Fury was emphatic about how it could happen.
WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO FIGHT USYK?
“What I would say, to these people who want this fight to happen, is you better have a big checkbook. Because to bring the big GK out of retirement for active battle duty to redeem this country yet again, it’s gonna cost!
Now, I am a prize fighter, and I do fight for prizes. But it’s going to cost if you want me to do a mission on this guy, this middleweight, and show you what a real heavyweight does to him, then that’s going to be expensive. So, they’re going to have to have deep pockets, and we can even talk, then.”Tyson Fury, WBC heavyweight champion
Fury went on to say that he’s happy and enjoying his life. But in this sport, cash rules. His ‘retirement’ seemingly is coming with a price tag. Based on this interview, if a sizeable offer were on the table, the likelihood is that the still-reigning WBC heavyweight champ would lace up the gloves again.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.