Tyson Fury is officially back from retirement and in headline-grabbing mode as he calls out Anthony Joshua for a ‘battle of Britain.’
This weekend, ‘The Gypsy King’ broke the news that he would be fighting within the next few months, but refused to name an opponent.
He did, however, rule out the other heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukrainian has said that it makes sense for him to recuperate until sometime next year before the pair fight to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion for the first time in decades.
This left fans guessing as to who Fury would face off against in the back end of 2022. He took to Instagram today, draped in WBC gold, to call out his biggest British rival and former-champion, Anthony Joshua.
“I think you’ve all head that I’m going to be fighting soon within the next few months, and I think that before I announce an opponent, that I need to do this just in case.”
“Anthony Joshua – I know you’ve just lost a fight to Usyk and you’re beltless at the moment, and I’d like to give you an opportunity to fight me for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World and the lineal championship in the next few months.”
You’re coming off a twelve-round fight so you’re match fit, you’re ready. I’m giving you a few months’ notice. If you’re interested, I’ll send you the date over and we can rumble. A battle of Britain for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World.”
“Let me know if you’re interested, if not, I will select another opponent. Thank you very much and goodnight. Boom.”
Once upon a time, the pair were to fight for undisputed. Boxing happened, and now the all British bumper belt clash seems near impossible. Could they lace up the gloves this year for just the WBC belt? It’s unlikely.
Fury is known for his spectacular and intelligent fighting tactics, and he’s no different outside the ropes. This, it seems, is a win-win situation for him.
AJ is coming off a second defeat to Usyk that marked 24 gruelling rounds of heavyweight boxing. That, alongside contractual obligations, feuding promoters, and the time needed to organise a super-fight, make AJ facing ‘The Gypsy King’ next massively unlikely.
Still, stranger things have happened in boxing, and they will certainly continue to do so. Watch this space.