Fury says he will do an ‘Apollo Creed’ if Joshua and Usyk don’t sign

Fury and Chisora preview heavyweight world title fight

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Tyson Fury claims that he will box ‘a bum-a-month’ if Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk don’t sign to fight him next year. The WBC heavyweight champion is growing increasingly infuriated by the lack of movement when it comes to the two main fights on his hit list and is keen to stay active.

So keen, that he is willing to do an Apollo Creed and face Rocky-like underdogs in order to keep a regular flow of fights. Fury has had a frustrating few months. He offered both Joshua and Usyk bouts in December but wasn’t able to reach an agreement with either man.

Usyk was unable to agree on terms due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine and his desire to return in order to spend time with his family. Meanwhile, Joshua and Fury had a date and venue set (December 3 at the Principality Stadium) but communication dropped at the eleventh hour leading to a change of opponents to Derek Chisora.

Fury was then expected to face Usyk in March or April for all four major sanctioning body belts. However, the IBF has since ordered the Ukrainian to defend his world title against mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic, threatening further delays to the undisputed fight.

When asked whether he will fight Joshua or Usyk after Chisora, Fury told The Sportsman: “I can’t physically get all these men to fight. If they’re there to fight next year, then game on, but if not, then I’ll fight whoever.

“I can go on a bum-a-month campaign, like Joe Louis did, and just fight 12 bums. Wherever it is. Give a guy in Italy a chance, like Apollo did in Rocky, and bring something back to the game.


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“I’m sick to death of trying to make these fights happen. I’ve got to live my life and I’m not going to live my life for anybody else. If you see me fighting the local binman next, then be happy for me because I’m in a happy place.”

Fury had retired from professional boxing in April but has since returned, admitting that he has to box to ‘stay sane’.

“I don’t know if I can ever be ready for retirement, and this is the problem. Right now, I’m in a very big dilemma with boxing because I’m in my prime,” he added. “I’m worn out basically, however, I’m still undefeated and still going.

“How long will this last? How long can I keep going for? And what happens when it’s not there anymore? The answer to that question is that I don’t know and that’s why I’m back.”



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