Fury eyes back-up opponent should Usyk reunification fight talks fail

Tyson Fury says he became 'grumpy' in brief retirement

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Tyson Fury has targeted a back-up opponent in case a blockbuster fight with Oleksandr Usyk fails to materialise. Should The Gypsy King retain his WBC Heavyweight title against Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a monumental unification title fight is on the cards.

The Mancunian is keen to tussle with Usyk next February, But the WBC champion has warned WBA, WBO and IBF holder Usyk might not want the bout at that point in time. Should it not come to pass in three month’s time, Fury has revealed he would like to face Joe Joyce instead.

“Usyk is top of the shopping list provided I get through this one and, if not, a rematch with Chisora for the fourth time,” said Fury, as reported by the Evening Standard. “If Usyk don’t want no smoke in February, let’s do Joyce at Wembley. Joe, get your skates on, get fit, because if the middleweight don’t want no smoke you’re in. 

“I’m fighting three times next year and you could be one of them.” Joyce last fought in September and has previously stated his interest in fighting Fury.

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Two months ago, the Olympic silver medallist produced arguably his finest performance with an eleventh round knockout of Joseph Parker to win the vacant WBO interim heavyweight title. Fury said he rated his undefeated British rival, who is looked after by the same Queensberry promotion company, higher than both Joshua and Usyk in terms of the best heavyweights in the world.

“He is the No2 ranked heavyweight in the world behind myself,” said Fury. “Maybe No3 because I don’t think anybody in the world can take Deontay Wilder’s power, only myself.”

Joyce said back in April: “I want to fight him at one stage. If he wants it, I’m here.

“Sometimes, I guess, Fury can get a bit complacent. I thought maybe Dillian might have a chance to land the overhand right or work the body shots, but [Tyson] stayed switched on and dealt with it. You could see his focus and determination; he wasn’t taking his eye off the ball. He is so skilled.”

Fury also claimed he is surprisingly open to contesting a fourth fight with Deontay Wilder. The Mancunian says he will consider another crack at the American if they stage the fight at Wembley Stadium. The three previous fights took place in Las Vegas (MGM Grand and T-Mobile Arena), the first of which was drawn before Fury stopped ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in the next two.

Talking up the prospect during an interview with BT Sport, Fury said: “Deontay Wilder is now fighting Andy Ruiz Jr for a final eliminator to fight me. Now (a fourth Wilder fight) would be amazing here at Wembley again, wouldn’t it? I’ve been over there (to the United States) three times now. If he wants the fourth fight, he’s got to come to England. Sell out Wembley, break all records again. Wilder is a phenomenal athlete, a phenomenal puncher.

“Here’s the thing I beat Wilder, some people would say three times, others would say two and a draw, however, you want to look at it. Would people be interested in seeing me and him fight again for a fourth time? Yeah. Even after three defeats, I beat Chisora twice so anything can happen.’

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