Anthony Joshua has claimed that he will lure Tyson Fury out of retirement if he reclaims the world heavyweight title on Saturday.
Joshua is set to rematch Ukranian Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, less than a year after suffering a lopsided unanimous decision defeat to the former cruiserweight in September.
At a media call for his rematch earlier this week, AJ was asked about old rival Tyson Fury’s decision to call time on his professional career on his 34th birthday.
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Anthony Joshua says that Tyson Fury’s recently announced retirement will be short lived
Asked whether a win over Usyk could be the catalyst that leads to the Gypsy King’s return to the boxing ring, Joshua was confident. ‘Yeah I can bring out of retirement 100%. I think he’ll bring himself out of retirement.’ Joshua said.
The former world heavyweight champion further stated that he believes that Fury’s retirement from the sport will be short-lived as ‘there’s not much else [for him] to do’.
‘There’s nothing for him to do, I think he’s not thought of his life after boxing so I think he’s pretty bored. You end up getting a dog, getting a Ferrari to keep yourself busy.’
‘There’s not much else to do expect for walk your dog now so yeah I think he will come out of retirement soon.’ He added.
Fury’s decision to call time on his career in the ring came in the midst of a breakdown in negotiations surrounding a prospective third fight with long-time heavyweight contender Derek Chisora.
Speaking on the cancelled matchup, Chisora said: ‘The guy, he doesn’t know what he is. One minute he wants to fight for free, one minute he wants to fight for £5million, one minute he’ll give his money to charity. I’m just…
‘You know what? I think the British public are tired of his f***ing b***s*** now. If you’re going to retire, go ahead and retire and enjoy all the money you made, congratulations and go do what you need to do.’ Chisora added.