It's been a vocal few days from The Gypsy King
Tyson Fury is probably the most outspoken boxer in the world right now. When he speaks, people listen.
The reasons for this are obvious ones. He's entertaining, he's the Heavyweight champion of the world and he's constantly linked to the biggst fight in British boxing history in a clash with Anthony Joshua.
From the outset, the boxing public have widely made Fury the favourite for the all British class, though AJ you could state has the better resume, the fight is a real pick em, both fighters are supremely confident.
For weeks now we've seen the likes of Eddie Hearn, Bob Arum and even AJ and Fury themselves say the fight is all but ready to announce. The last few days however, Fury seems to be flirting with idea of back pedalling, leaving Eddie Hearn to "have concerns" over what the fighter outside of his stable is saying.
Following comments on numerous interviews ahead of MTK's Fight Night, the Matchroom head said "although they're going to put pen to paper, the interview was a bit disappointing. Don't know whether he was in a bad mood or pulling everyone's plonker. What I do know is everyone's put a lot of work into this and he is on board."
Here's what we've seen from Tyson the last few days:
"There's a lot going on behind the scenes that can scupper a fight. Nothing's actually on until you're in the ring, we're nowhere near that at the moment… Do I think the fight will eventually happen? Yes. Do I think it's imminent? No. Don't write Deontay Wilder off out the equation, he could be fighting me next, who knows? I could have a trilogy with Wilder yet. There's a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes and Wilder might be next, who knows?"
Then, at the fight night, Tyson was on the broadcast and said:
"I could drink 14 pints and still give AJ a hiding… I'm not training anymore. I only need six/seven weeks anyway for these bums. I don't need no big, great sparring partners for a bodybuilding type of guy, I just need the local binmen. You never know if I'm telling the truth or not. When I tell the truth people don't believe me anyway, and when I don't tell the truth they still don't believe me. The proof's in the pudding, everything I said in my whole career I backed up.
I'm sure he's (Deontay Wilder) got to make all these excuses up in his own mind because maybe one day he'll have to fight me again. When he does, I'll absolutely destroy him. I'm gonna take him out in one/two rounds, proper annihilate him."
The thing with Tyson Fury is we don't know what he's doing. There is infinite speculation against finite facts. It's what beat Wladimir Klitschko all those years ago in Germany.
Tyson has also stated he'll "never fight in the UK again", seemingly pouring cold water on the prospect of an all British Heavyweight Unification at Wembley Stadium, referring to Las Vegas as his new "home city".
Who knows? Is this a mind game, bluffing, legit or a bit of everything? You can count on hearing a lot more about it over the coming days and weeks.
Tyson Fury says he’ll never box in the UK again ????????????— IntuBoxing (@IntuBoxing) March 12, 2021
What happens with the AJ fight after this? pic.twitter.com/EN9JHgZobL