WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has suggested he could fight Anthony Joshua as early as December this year if a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder fails to come to fruition. As of right now, December 19 is the proposed date for Fury-Wilder III. However, ‘The Gypsy King’ clearly doubts Wilder will show up and has already begun making alternative plans.
“If Wilder doesn’t happen, let’s do Joshua in December,” Fury said when interviewed by Steve Bunce on BT Sport. “Why not? It’s a boxing match, let’s get it on. I’m ready to go now. I could fight him in that ring tonight. I’d still kick his arse any time of the day.
“I’m a gym junkie. I need the work. I said to Frank, I said to Bob, I said to the MTK guys ’I want a fight, I’ve been training non-stop, I’m ready to fight, let’s get to work’. Whatever type of fight it is, wherever it is, let’s get it on and make it happen.
“If Wilder can’t take the fight, who knows what is next. I know Povetkin is now my mandatory, I don’t know what is going on with that, whether there is going to be a rematch, whatever. Maybe I will fight Drew McIntyre for the WWE heavyweight championship, who knows. I hear he has been calling me out.”
Fury is hopeful he can get a fight on with Joshua and urged his compatriot to “grow a pair” and make it happen sooner rather than later.
“Do I see the fight happening any time soon? Hopefully,” he said. “Hopefully. they grow a pair and want to fight the Gypsy King.
“If I was in their position and had my chance at glory to go to America and beat Wilder, but they didn’t take it, so I had to come out of retirement, set about him a couple of times, take the No 1 spot, take all the glory and then they are all looking up to me.
“He must be sitting there thinking ‘that could have been me’. But it wasn’t. It’s their own fault. Whether it was bad management, bad advice, didn’t want the fight for whatever reason, it has played a massive part in how it has all panned out. All the cards have been dealt and they have to come through me.
“So I am saying ‘grow a pair, come and see the champ and I’ll sort you all out’. I am just waiting here patiently. Can’t be stopped, can’t be rocked, can’t be touched, can’t be moved. No fights on the horizon, training like a lunatic, running up mountains and becoming a human racehorse. I am looking forward to all challenges. Whoever they are, bring them to the Gypsy King and I’ll deal with them in exciting fashion.” (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)
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