The boxing world is eager to discover Tyson Fury‘s next career move as ‘The Gypsy King’ heads into Saturday’s clash with Derek Chisora as an overwhelming favourite. But for all the hype, Fury has said fights against Oleksandr Usyk or long-time rival Anthony Joshua will “probably not” come to pass next year.
Fury, 34, has come out of a short-lived retirement to face Chisora for a third time, having previously bested ‘War’ in both 2011 and 2014. But interest is already building for what lies in store next year, particularly after Fury’s recent comments suggesting he ‘needs’ to face Joshua in the ring before he retires.
There’s obvious intrigue in a unification clash against Usyk, who holds every major heavyweight title except for Fury’s WBC belt. However, much of boxing community—and the British public in particular—may well favour a much-anticipated showdown with ‘AJ’.
Asked whether he envisioned either bout coming to fruition in 2023, Fury told Sky Sports: “Probably not, because they are all bums, we will see. I am not going to count my chickens at all, but we will find out next year what will happen. If you see me in Antarctica doing a fight, you know I am on my bum-a-month campaign.”
A clash with Joshua, 33, has been close in the past, with the pair agreeing terms in 2020 before Fury was ordered to conclude his trilogy against Deontay Wilder. The situation became more complicated after Joshua lost back-to-back decisions against Usyk, giving up his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the process.
The Gypsy King has teased the notion of stepping outside the norm to add more volume of fights in 2023, stressing he’s willing to take on all challengers. Fans would likely prefer if Fury focused on the more serious prospects ahead of him, having decisively settled his trilogy against Wilder in 2021.
“I think I would like to do 12 fights next year, do like a bum-a-month campaign all over the world,” said the WBC titleholder. “I am going to sit down with Frank Warren after this fight and see what we can do, see if we can do a bum-a-month campaign and go to random places and fight someone.