Tyson Fury says he plans to box three times in 2023 but says none of them will be against Anthony Joshua, whom he says has blown his chance of ever facing him.
On Thursday, Fury finally confirmed that he would be putting his WBC heavyweight title on the line against Derek Chisora, whom he has beaten twice already, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London on December 3.
Also on the bill will be Daniel Dubois making the first defense of his WBA “regular” heavyweight title against South Africa's Kevin Lerena.
The fight with Chisora, who last challenged for a world title back in 2012, was made after talks broke down for a fight with Joshua - the former WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF champion.
“The reason I believe is I didn’t think they wanted it to happen, they never had any intentions of it happening beyond seven days,” Fury said.
“The first week, I think they were interested in the fight . Then he realized the daunting task and he got talked out of it by his people and himself. If that wasn’t the reason, he’d be here now instead of Derek, but he’s not
“I’ve no more to say about the big useless dosser, he doesn’t have any belts. He doesn’t have anything I need and there will not be a fight between him and me ever, full stop, bang. You can put an exclamation mark there as well. There’s just too much messing. I’m not going over it again, they are too hard to deal with. No more wasting time with idiots.”
Fury was handed £10,000 in cash by Frank Warren at the press conference, the winnings from a bet between Fury and his promoter about whether the Joshua fight would happen. Fury was certain it wouldn;t, while Warren had been convinced that it would.
“I believe the final excuse was their sponsors were conflicted,” Fury said.
“So the sponsorship didn’t let him fight me, but he wasn’t the A side with Usyk and his sponsors allowed him to fight him a second time, so they can’t use that. I’ve got sponsors, many, many sponsors, and they pay me big money. If they told me that I can’t fight Derek Chisora next, do you know what I’d say? He’s the middle finger, spin on it.
“What business can stand in the way of the most lucrative fight out there for him? There is no fight that can outweigh Tyson Fury. The only money fight for him is to fight me, but that bird has flown.”
Fury said he insisted on offering Joshua a 60-40 deal rather than giving Joshua less out of respect for him.
“I made him a very generous offer,” Fury said. “Frank Warren was saying don't give him 40 per cent, 25, 30 max.
“No, I said give the man his credit, he’s a good dance partner. The man has made plenty of money in his life, I think he’s financially secure, he doesn’t need any more money. He’s in a comfortable position and he’s worked hard for it. What I can discredit is his lack of commitment to the British public. I’m going to say what I said to Eddie Hearn, the difference between me and your man is that your man is a businessman and I’m an effing Spartan.”
If he beats Chisora, the plan is for Fury to face Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed world heavyweight title in late February or March, most likely in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
But Fury does not expect Usyk to offer much of a challenge and says he will box three times next year, as he says he has given up on any thoughts of retirement.
“I don’t think I can live a normal life,” Fury said. "I feel I need medical help to be able to do that and if there is somebody out there who could help me, I’d love them to get in touch.
“I won’t be able to leave this game and have a normal life unless I’m brain trained to do that because a normal life is out of order for me. I will just keep going, keep fighting.
“I’m going to have three fights next year, starting in February with Usyk and if he wants a rematch, he can have a rematch. Then someone at the back end of the year, Wilder, if he’s mandatory, Joe Joyce, Dubois, there’s plenty of British beef to go after.”
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.