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Fury To Joshua: Vacate WBO Title, Forget Usyk, Fight Me in 2021

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has applied pressure on his domestic rival, Anthony Joshua, to bypass any further obligations that stand in the way of a 2021 showdown.

Fury is going to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight on the tentative date of December 19.

Joshua, who holds the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA world titles, will defend his titles on the tentative date of December 12 against Kubrat Pulev.

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Pulev is the IBF's mandatory challenger.

Should Joshua prevail, he would then owe another mandatory fight - to the WBO's top man, Oleksandr Usyk.

Usyk has already made it clear that he won't step aside - which puts Joshua in a very tight position.

A two-fight series with Fury is by far a more lucrative opportunity.

"Rather than fight all these mandatories he’s got, I’d say just vacate those belts and fight the fight everyone wants to see," Fury told Behind the Gloves.

"I ain’t running from you, I don’t care about you. I’ll go through you like a knife through butter. Come and fight the big boy, step up to the plate and get knocked out. Then fight all those easy guys. No disrespect to Oleksandr Usyk – great fighter, cruiserweight world champion, probably going to be heavyweight champion if he fights Anthony Joshua – but don’t take my retirement cheque, baby. Don’t do it.

"I said to Deontay Wilder years ago, 'do not take my retirement fund, do not fight Joshua, He’s mine. He’s my countryman, I’m having him, I’m breaking him in!' But it didn’t happen. He got broke in by an unlikely suspect [in Andy Ruiz]. It was what it was. If they fight [Usyk will beat Joshua], but I bet they don’t [fight]. Because why would he fight Usyk and get ten percent of what he can make off the Gypsy King.

"Vacate it, let them boys fight for the vacant [WBO] belt, whoever it is, Usyk and [Joseph] Parker. We’re at the top of the game. We’re in this boxing to fight the biggest fights out there. It’s a boxing match, what’s the worse that can happen? You can lose? Big deal."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Jkp on 09-22-2020

[QUOTE=greeneye99;20772391]Wilder Fury all fight one or two Fights a year.. What's your point? Smh[/QUOTE] Fury has 1 mando, Wilder has zero. AJ has 4. Do the math... aj will always have a back log of mandos so pointless using that…

Comment by champion4ever on 09-22-2020

[QUOTE=greeneye99;20772397]Lolololol Wilder fans still in denial over his first loss.... How come only the wilder fans say that Fury cheated & got away with it[/QUOTE]:lol1: It's because he did and what the hell are you moaning and groaning about? At…

Comment by greeneye99 on 09-22-2020

[QUOTE=champion4ever;20771152]Damn, you are so naive and gullible. You know at times Anthony, you really frighten me. Do you sincerely believe that Fury could beat Wilder without cheating? Don't answer that question. I already know the answer. The evidence is so…

Comment by greeneye99 on 09-22-2020

[QUOTE=Jkp;20770957]AJ fights one or twice a year. He will always have a bum mandatory to fight. Just a convenient permanent excuse used by Eddie to avoid unification.[/QUOTE] Wilder Fury all fight one or two Fights a year.. What's your point?…

Comment by deathofaclown on 09-22-2020

[QUOTE=PRINCEKOOL;20772350]Anthony Joshua has never quit 'He has shown negative body language, but he has never quit'. Yes he was clearly spooked by Ruiz Junior's offense 'Even in the rematch'.[/QUOTE] Sorry but if you spit out your gumshield and stand leaning…

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