Twice in recent weeks ‘The Gypsy King’ (30-0-1) has publicly talked of the dangers of inactivity for elite fighters. First when Conor McGregor lost his UFC rematch with Dustin Poirier. And then when Josh Warrington was stunned by Mauricio Lara.
Clearly it appears to have been playing on his mind for reasons closer to home too. If the showdown with Joshua does take place as expected in June, Fury will be coming off an absence of nearly a year and a half.
Tyson has not fought since that devastating demolition of Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas rematch last February. He was to have faced ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in a trilogy fight last year, but eventually moved on after a series of delays.
A big mess-up – Fury
“It was just a big mess-up,” Fury told ESPN. “I should have boxed, because I’ve been so inactive. I’ve been out for over a year. By the time I fight again, looking at maybe June if this Joshua fight happens, that will be a year and six months out of the ring, which is not ideal preparation for any superfight.”
“They’ve had a full year to try and make this fight happen. Since the last Wilder fight, even before the Wilder fight, they were talking about a fight potentially between me and Joshua. They’ve had a full year to make something happen, and it hasn’t happened as of yet. It is what it is. We’re no further forward today than we were a year ago.
“The way [COVID-19] is at the moment, I don’t think [negotiations] got much to do with the fighters. It’s to do with the venue, date, place, site fees. It’s to do with everything but the fight itself.”
Fury’s plan at present is to fight twice in 2021. With a couple of potential scenarios depending on what happens with the Joshua negotiations. It is expected of course their deal will be for two fights.
Two Fury fights in 2021
“If that fight (vs Joshua) doesn’t happen this summer, it’s got to happen sooner or later. But Top Rank has to give me two fights this year. I will fight two times on ESPN. I don’t care who it is. If it’s not Joshua, we’re looking to fight in April or early May, and the end of the year. If it is Joshua, then June and the end of the year. Bang, bang. So, 2021 is looking bright.”
Fury has two fights remaining on his current five-fight deal with ESPN. He signed that in 2019 for a reported £80million.
Fury and Joshua currently hold all of the world heavyweight boxing titles, and their meeting is set to result in the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis back in 1999.