British boxing promoter wants Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to fight “two, maybe three times” in a historic era of heavyweight boxing.
But Fury’s wife, Paris, wants her husband to only fight twice more — including his trilogy bout against Deontay Wilder this year.
Fury, at least while he’s sitting beside his better half on British morning television, appears ready to side with his family.
Historically money talks loudest when fighters face the decision on whether to continue cashing in at the height of their fame or to end the two-month training camp absences from their partners and children and call an end to their careers with their faculties in tact.
But for now Fury is playing the accommodating spouse as he returns to normal life in the wake of his sensational TKO win against Wilder.
Asked by This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby whether he’s happy to call it quits after one more fight with Wilder and one with Joshua, Fury said: “Yes. I’ve got two more fights left, then we’re going to really think about what we do from there.”
“Yeah, hopefully retire,” Paris interjected.
“How long does a piece of string go on?” Fury continued. “I’m undefeated in 31 professional fights and this is my 12th year as a professional.”
Paris: “I want him home. It’s a long time (away). When you go away for eight weeks — if you do that two times a year, it’s a quarter of the year.”
Tyson and Paris Fury on This Morning.Source:Supplied
“I’ve already been the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Fury added. “When I beat (Wladimir) Klitschko I had all the belts, so as far as I’m concerned Anthony Joshua just has my leftovers.
“I never lost those belts, I had to take time out to deal with mental health issues, so they’re my belts. Until a man is defeated in a boxing ring, how can you claim to be the champion when you haven’t beat the champion?
“I beat the dominant champion of our era (Klitschko) … and went to Germany to do it. Then I went to America and beat the guy nobody wanted to fight (Wilder).
“I’ll come back and have two more fights and hopefully (looking at Paris with a smile on his face) we’ll sail off into the sunset.”
It’s not what Hearn wants to hear as he plans to cash in on two locals contending for the undisputed championship of the world.
Despite Fury’s contractually-obligated trilogy fight with Wilder and Joshua’s June dance with Kubrat Pulev, Hearn is already in discussions with Fury’s promoter Bob Arum about a bout in November or December this year.
“The undisputed fight must happen in 2020,” Hearn said.
“Joshua and Fury are certainly going to be boxing twice (or a) trilogy. That’s part of the deal that we are looking to do ASAP — a two-fight agreement with Fury and Arum at the end of this year then summer 2021.
Tyson Fury singsto his wife Paris following his win against Wilder. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
“We must try and do that fight in the UK. Ask AJ and Fury where they would like it, and they would say the UK. We know there will be huge offers from around the world. Our priority is to try and make this fight in the UK.
“There will be two of these, maybe three, so certainly summer 2021 we’ll get one in the UK. I would love to make the first one in the UK because we’ve got two British world champions who will fight for the undisputed title – this is never going to happen again. To do it in the UK would be very special.”
Not content to stop there, Hearn is also making plans for the other top heavyweight he promotes, Dillian Whyte, to get a piece of the action.
“Whyte was mandatory for so long for Wilder, it was always our aim for Whyte to beat Wilder then make him against Joshua for the undisputed title,” Hearn said.
“Now if Joshua fights Fury, the mandatory is Whyte.
“You will have an undisputed fight between two Brits then another Brit coming into the mix to fight for the undisputed. The heavyweight division in Britain is flying!”
Britain perhaps, but maybe not Paris.
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