Retirement seems a long way from Tyson Fury, who is back in the ring against Derek Chisora next month before moving towards ‘three fights’ in 2023.
The man from Morecambe will defend his WBC title against Chisora on December 3 before finalising negotiations with Oleksandr Usyk – the other heavyweight champion – for an undisputed match up likely to land in Saudi Arabia.
Given this is boxing and things don’t always pan out the way fans want them to, Fury has been considering his options should the Usyk fight fall through, and has called out another undefeated fighter to face him at Wembley if do. He made the plans in an interview with Queensberry Promotions.
“Let me wrap this up nice and quick. If Usyk don’t want no smoke in February, then let’s do [Joe] Joyce at Wembley. You heard it here first. Joe, get your skates on. Get fit, mush. Because if the middleweight don’t want no smoke, you’re in … I’m fighting three times next year and you can be one of them.”
“Him, in my opinion, is the number two ranked heavyweight behind myself.”
The Joyce choice isn’t the only interesting part of the call out. Fury demands February for Usyk and says he’ll move on if the Ukrainian champion doesn’t take the fight then.
Joyce is currently next in line for a shot at Usyk’s WBO title – one he holds alongside the WBA, IBF, IBO, and The Ring. Still if ‘The Gypsy King’ offers you a shot at the throne, you tend to want to take it.
Given that Fury and ‘The Juggernaut’ both fall within Frank Warren’s promotional stable, the fight should be an easy one to get across the line.