Tyson Fury claims he has sought to set up a scrap with Anthony Joshua six times in the last five years — but insists they will never meet because he is retired and his ‘diva’ rival scuppered the proposed bouts.
Heavyweight rivals Fury and Joshua signed terms in March 2021 for a colossal showdown that would have been one of the most lucrative fights of all time, only for a court arbitration to order the Mancunian to face Deontay Wilder instead.
Joshua lost his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO against Oleksandr Usyk in London in September 2021, a month before Fury knocked out Wilder for a second time in Las Vegas to retain his WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles.
Fury’s US promoter, Bob Arum, said earlier this month that he would ‘do the best he can’ to ensure his fighter meets the winner of Joshua’s rematch with Usyk, which takes which takes place in Saudi Arabia on August 20.
Emphatically dismissing the idea of a scrap with Joshua, Fury told iFL: ‘I tried to make that fight six times at least, in my memory, in the last five years and have been unsuccessful every single time because you’re messing with a diva who doesn’t want to fight.
‘Years ago, when he was an undefeated knockout artist, people thought, “you know what? He could beat Tyson Fury, maybe.”