Tyson Fury has stunned his UK fans by insisting he will NEVER fight on home soil again.
Instead, it seems as though the ‘Gypsy King’ will continue to fight in either Las Vegas or the Middle East and could well deprive British boxing fans of seeing the lineal heavyweight champion fight live again.
The 31-year-old last fought in the UK in August 2018 when he claimed a unanimous points victory over Francesco Pianeta at Windsor Park to set up a mouth-watering clash with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Despite going into the clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as a huge underdog, Fury’s showmanship and tenacity won him fans across the globe and he duly signed an $80million contract with ESPN and Top Rank.
Since then the 31-year-old has fought in Las Vegas twice and also made his WWE debut in Saudi Arabia. And it looks set to become a pattern if Fury’s exclusive interview with The Sunday Times is anything to go by.
“They [the UK] had their chance,” said Fury.
“They didn’t treat me well. Over here [USA], I get treated like a superstar.”
Given how close the former unified world heavyweight champion was to committing suicide at his lowest point, it is incredible to even see the 6ft 9ins silver-tongued, switch-hitter competing at the highest level.
But fans who were hoping the Wilder rematch at Old Trafford or even a domestic dust-up with Anthoy Joshua at Wembley look set to be disappointed.
In the wake of Gareth Southgate taking England to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, promoter Frank Warren told talkSPORT a fight between Joshua and his client Fury could massive for the UK.
Warren said: “The winner of this fight, which I hope and believe will be Tyson, should be in the ring [with Joshua] to find out who is the best.
“That’s what should happen.
“Ali, Frazier and Foreman, they all fought each other – the best fight the best.
“Barry Hearn has said Anthony Joshua is the number one, some people think it’s Wilder and some people think it’s Tyson.
“The only way you’re going to find out is to let them all face off against each other – then we’ll have a true champion.
“The fans are the people who pay and they want to see the best and it should be the best fighting the best, not when some guy is old and washed up, when they are at their peak, and these three guys are at their peak.
“If it’s Tyson [who eventually faces Joshua for a title showdown] I don’t think there will be a venue big enough.
“I genuinely think it could be one of the biggest sporting events since England won the World Cup – everyone will want to watch it.
“So let’s get it on!”
In the meantime, Fury has continued to tease a move into mixed martial arts by agreeing to be filmed sparring with UFC middleweight Darren Till.
He has previously talked up a potential crossover bout against UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou, and, in the clip, smashes multiple elbows and knees in an attempt to prove his versatility as a fighter.
It appeared to catch UFC president Dana White’s attention.
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