Tyson Fury believes a domestic dust-up with long-term rival, Anthony Joshua, won’t happen.
The pair have been linked in the heavyweight division throughout their respective rises that saw each become world champion.
For a moment, they might’ve fought for the undisputed crown, but a loss to Oleksandr Usyk on Joshua’s side whilst Fury remained undefeated changed everything.
Despite only having one belt on the line – Fury’s WBC – the pair perhaps came closest to stepping through the ropes together towards the end of last year.
Fury publicly called ‘AJ’ out after his second loss to Usyk and, to the surprise of some, it was accepted. What followed was a spate of deadlines and demands that ultimately saw talks crumble. Fury attempted a similar fight offer this year, but it was quickly shot down by Joshua’s team.
It’s left the champion believing his rival will never fight him, said recently in an interview with the Out Of Interest podcast.
“I’ve been trying to fight Joshua since 2017 but he’s a little b**ch a** p**sy, so I don’t think you’ll see it.
To fight a man like me you’ve got to have big b***ocks, and it you don’t have that, forget about it. Because you can’t even enter my world.
I will annihilate that motherf***er. Physically, mentally and emotionally. So he ain’t man enough to fight somebody like me.”
Many fans believe that, to cement his legacy as the best heavyweight of a generation, Fury must fight Joshua and, perhaps more importantly, unified champion Usyk before he hands up the gloves.
The fight with the Ukrainian looks set to be discussed for early 2024, with Saudi Arabia and its boxing promotion willing to pay mega-money.