Bob Arum Hopeful Tyson Fury Will Fight One More Time
The founder and CEO of Top Rank Bob Arum isn’t buying any of Tyson Fury’s excuses to not fight again as he believes the Englishman has still got a lot to give to the boxing fans.
Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) walked away with a whopping $30 million in his demolition of Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium, London in April, successfully defending his WBC heavyweight title.
Following the bout, Fury announced that he is saying goodbye to professional boxing and that there is nobody in the division who can challenge or counter the prowess of the 6’9″ Brit.
But Fury’s longtime promoter, Arum thinks otherwise.
Arum believes that the 33-year-old will walk to the ring in a professional bout at least for one more time.
Fury himself hasn’t completely denied the possibility of returning to the ring.
The Gypsy King believes that a gigantic purse can allure him to sign a contract for a fight that Arum and other promoters are after.
One of the fights that can force Fury to glove up again is a crossover bout with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou has been wanting this fight for awhile. The Cameroonian did step into the ring and stood side-by-side with Fury following his win over Whyte at Wembley.
Fury also reverberated Ngannou’s thoughts and gave a green signal to the fight. But Arum feels the fight will only happen if Ngannou is able to resolve his skirmishes with UFC president Dana White.
Talking to a group of videographers and reporters Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Arum quoted, “I would love to do that fight. Depending on Ngannou’s contract, we would do it with or without the UFC. That would be a huge, huge event.”
“Ngannous is the heavyweight champion of the UFC and Tyson Fury – I think it would be a huge, huge event.”
The other possibility could be a winner of the rematch between Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk fight.
“With a guy like Tyson you take it one step at a time,” Arum said.
“I’m optimistic without discussing it with him, that sometime down the road he will fight the winner of Joshua-Usyk, which I hope it’s Usyk, and he’ll fight Ngannou, and maybe call it a day. I know he loves training and he loves being in the ring, so that’s a plus.”