Tyson Fury has stated that he has no desire to go up against Anthony Joshua.
Fury unexpectedly abandoned the negotiations with Joshua to take on Derek Chisora on December 3rd, 2023 in a bout that was not in any way competitive.
Instead, Fury has expressed his enthusiasm to face ex-UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in his next battle if the discussions with Oleksandr Usyk do not end in a bout to take place on April 29th, 2023.
Tyson Fury appears to be interested in Francis Ngannou again pic.twitter.com/LpGp9DEL3J
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 21, 2023
It is clear that Fury is very eager to face Ngannou over two fights, which appears to be an obstacle to the ongoing negotiations for an undisputed clash between him and Usyk, the IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion.
It appears that the only way Usyk can secure a match against Fury is if he is willing to accept a very unfavorable contract.
Usyk presents a potential danger for Fury while confronting the inexperienced Ngannou is risk-free in a boxing ring.
Therefore, Fury fans may need to wait until the following year before he takes on a boxer. But any chance of that being Joshua has been ruled out by the ‘Gypsy King.’
In an interview with Sportbible, he said: “I don’t even [want to] go there anymore. Finished. No interest in any AJ questions. Zero. Man’s dead in my eyes. There’s no business between me and him to be done. Finished. It’s not happening. My offer to Ngannou is on the table.
“If Usyk don’t fight, then I’ll be looking to make the Ngannou fight. I’m going to do a two-fight deal in a boxing ring and in the cage. I’ve never asked him to fight in the boxing ring. I always said the cage.
“In a boxing ring, it would be a pointless contest. It’d be like me fighting someone at the local gym – bodybuilding gym. But in a cage with four once gloves on, anything can happen.”