Despite recent claims from Roy Jones Jr that he expects an exhibition with Tommy Fury to come off, the father and trainer of the young fighter has other ideas.
Following money-spinning wins over both Jake Paul and KSI on the crossover scene, ‘TNT’ is well-placed to continuing earning handsomely from boxing.
Recent reports suggest that it would next be against former four-weight world champion, Roy Jones Jr, who has previously put on an exhibition against fellow fighting legend, Mike Tyson.
Jones recently said he’s “75% sure this exhibition happens.” Asked by Boxing Social via FreeBets if he shares that confidence, John Fury was baffled.
“Absolutey not, because I know nothing about it. My people spoke to him and his people, but it made no sense on our behalf and I’ve heard no more from it. This was last week.”
“Yeah [it’s off the table.] I don’t think it made much business sense to us. It did for him, but not for us. We’re about doing things where it’s a level playing field and it’s 50-50 for both people. This wasn’t 50-50, it was like 80-20 to him the way they were talking. It doesn’t make sense I’m afraid.”
With that out of the question, Fury said he would was looking for the right person for his son’s eleventh fight.
“Anybody really who makes sense and carries weight. A 50-50 fight in what they’re bringing to the table and ability. So let’s just see. We’re open to all of them, but it’s got to make sense. It’s been very hard and fortunate to get to this position, so we’re trying to make the best of it.
I’m being very careful in what I do with him. It’s got to make sense. If people can bring audiences, viewing figures and money, then we’re talking aren’t we? This is a business let’s not forget. People don’t like getting punched in the face for the good of it.”
The 24-year-old has previously expressed an interest in taking a more traditional route in the sport like his half-brother, Tyson, although the money on offer for these entertainment-focused bouts is hard to move away from.