‘I don’t think they want to fight me’: Tyson Fury questions Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua’s desire to challenge him after the Gypsy King saw proposed mega-fights collapse
- Tyson Fury has seen talks with Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua collapse
- The WBC heavyweight champions insists he still wants to face the two rivals
- Talks over an undisputed fight with Usyk later this year are reportedly underway
Talks over an undisputed heavyweight clash against Usyk broke down earlier this year, despite the Ukrainian reportedly agreeing to a 70-30 purse split in Fury’s favour.
Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk placed the blame firmly at the door of the Gypsy King, accusing Fury of putting too many obstacles in the way of an agreement.
The fight would have been held at Wembley Stadium in the UK during April.
Fury and Joshua’s camps had previously had talks over an all-British heavyweight clash. A deal was never finalised despite Fury setting several public deadlines for a fight to be agreed.
Tyson Fury has questioned his rivals desire to fight him after seeing talks over fights collapse
Talks over an undisputed heavyweight title fight against Oleksandr Usyk collapsed this year
Fury had previously had talks over a fight with Anthony Joshua, left, but a deal was not agreed
Speaking at an event in Tenerife, Fury insisted he still wants to face both Usyk and Joshua, but questioned whether his rivals are interested in facing him.
‘I’d love it to happen, love it to happen,’ Fury said, as reported by Boxing Social. ‘I’d love to fight Oleksandr Usyk and AJ, but I just don’t think they want to fight me,’ he said.
‘There’s a lot of stuff going on in Saudi Arabia with all these massive amounts of money being talked about and I think that got the better of him [Usyk].
‘The temptation of a hundred million or 75 million down the line rather than doing it now [in the UK].
‘I don’t think anybody’s scared of anybody in a boxing match. The [Usyk] fight’s got to happen; it’s got to happen this year.
Fury is yet to announce his next fight following the collapse in negotiations with Usyk in March
‘I just think it’s an easy job. I’ll hit him; he’ll hit the floor, then I’ll go out and get drunk in the town centre.’
Fury’s comment came drinking alcohol being prohibited in Saudi Arabia.
The 39-year-old’s promoter Bob Arum confirmed last week that negotiations are underway for an undisputed title fight with Usyk.
This came despite Fury shooting down the claims on social media.
Talks are believed to centre around a potential tournament-style card, which would see would see Fury and Usyk fight on the same night as Joshua and Wilder in Saudi Arabia.
Fury hasn’t been in the ring since December’s win over Derek Chisora, with his next opponent yet to be announced.