By Mark Elezaj
The Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua heavyweight unification fight is not a done deal, Fury stated in an interview Friday night.
Although it has been reported that the a fight between Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), the WBC and lineal champion, and Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs), the WBA, WBO and IBF champion was close to being finalized, Fury stated that is not the case.
“I’m not training anymore,” Fury told Alex Steedman and Barry Jones on ESPN+.
“I’ve never stopped training since December 2017, and even after these world title fights, I trained the next day. I go running 10 miles, doing thing. I’m in the gym sparring and messing around.
“I’m taking some time away from the game at the moment, because, like I said, I’ve been ready to fight since I beat Deontay Wilder last year. I’ve had no success in getting another fight. At the moment I’m just concentrating on getting me 10 pints of Stella.”
Fury went on to say that he spoke to Bob Arum on Thursday and to Robert Davis, his attorney, on Friday afternoon and that nothing has been confirmed.
“Everyone in this building knows more about this fight than I do,” Fury said when asked about the fight.
“I don’t know jack, I don’t know anything. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not even training anymore. I’ve stopped training. Sugar Hill has gone home, he went home in November, end of November. Andy Lee has gone home.
“I need a rest, mentally and physically and emotionally.”
“I’ve heard it straight from the horse’s mouth and I don’t know anything about no fight,” Fury said. “So, there you are, straight from me.
“Like I said, I’m not training anymore. Until I got a date, and they say, ‘Right, you are gonna be fighting on June 15, Antarctica,’ then I’ll go back to training camp. I only need six, seven weeks of training, anyway, for these bums.”
Fury, who last fought on Feb. 22, 2020, a seventh-round TKO victory over Wilder at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, said that he is willing to fight at anyone that he asked The Bolton Show promoter Lee Eaton, if he could have a fight on the bill.
“I asked Lee can I do an eight-rounder tonight?’,” Fury said.
“I’d love to fight tonight, no problem, but I can’t, so I am actually jealous that these guys can do six-rounders and be active and get under the lights and get rid of the ring rust.”
Fury did say that if a fight is announced in the near future, he’ll be ready.
“I can [fight] tonight. I’m ready, I’m in shape, fit, I’ve trained all my life,” Fury said. “I’ll fight tonight, tomorrow, next week, the week after that, next month. I’ve been calling for a fight for over a year.”
Fury is also open to facing either Deontay Wilder or Dillian Whyte.
“I’m 32 years old. I’m on the tail-end of my career, getting too long in the tooth for this game,” he said. “I need to just fight whoever is available out there- Joshua, Wilder, Whyte. Whoever is available to have a dust-up with me. I’m looking for a challenge. I’ve been searching the world for 13 years to find a man who can better me. I just can’t find him.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~