Tyson Fury rejects comeback talk, says ‘nothing would tempt him’ to fight Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury admitted he “can never say never” about a return to boxing, but dismissed the idea that he might be tempted to return by the prospect of a domestic superfight against Anthony Joshua.

Fury announced his retirement following his knockout win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April and emphatically dismissed rumors last week that negotiations had already begun to face the winner of Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

In an interview with the PA news agency, Fury said he was proud to retire as an undefeated champion and was shifting his focus to exhibition fights and a global speaking tour, which will kick off with a series of British dates this month.

Fury said, “There will always be this clamor – even when Joshua and Usyk break up and there are new competitors and champions, they will always ask Tyson Fury to come back as an undefeated champion and fight these people.

“But rumors are rumours. Until I say I’m fighting, take my word for it. For now I’m done with professional boxing and moved on to other things, but you can never say never. You never know what the future holds.”

The 33-year-old has declared he has no interest in a profitable showdown with Joshua, even in what he considers the unlikely event of the former Olympic champion exacting revenge for last year’s unanimous decision loss to the Ukrainian when they fight again in March.

    (PA wire)

(PA wire)

“Anthony Joshua’s bubble has burst,” Fury said, reflecting on Joshua’s losses to Andy Ruiz Jr and Usyk. “He was thrown off the tarp by a fat little guy, then he was completely beaten and beaten by a middleweight that no one had heard of until he beat AJ.

“I don’t see what the big cry is. If he were undefeated like [Deontay] Wilder, and everyone thought he might beat me, so it’s a challenge. Joshua may need me, but I don’t need him, or what he can bring.

“The only thing these fighters come back for is money. As Clark Gable has said in many movies: ‘Frankly, I don’t give a damn.’

“Money is not tempting to me. I live in Morecambe and shop in Asda, and if I had a trillion dollars I couldn’t live any differently than I do now.

“There is nothing I want or need a return to. I’ve won every boxing belt, every award there is to win. There is nothing right now that will tempt me back.”

Instead, Fury will likely focus any return to the ring on a series of exhibition matches, including a potential feud with Francis Ngannou, with an announcement believed to be imminent.

But Fury says he’s far more pleased to help fans protect and improve their mental health – something that will be an integral part of his message when he takes his ‘Official After Party’ tour on the road starting in Derby on June 22.

    (PA wire)

(PA wire)

“This tour is a great opportunity for me to meet fans and colleagues who suffer from mental health,” added Fury. “It will be a great insight into being totally mentally broken and then going back to the top of the ladder.

“It’s a fantastic story because how many times do you see people who have mental breakdowns dying or almost killing themselves like I almost did? It’s great to be able to tell this story with a positive ending.

“Heavy boxing is a sport and a way of earning a living, but unless you’re a doctor, you can’t always save people’s lives.

“Saving a life is fantastic – helping thousands or millions of other people is even better. It gives me more excitement than any sport ever could. I am impressed with the success it has had in helping people who are recovering and ending the stigma around mental health.”

Meanwhile, Fury says he’s prepared for the inevitable pressure from fans and other stakeholders to get back in the ring for decades to come.

“Boxing is full of fighters who lasted too long and lost to people who should never have lost,” he added. “One thing I don’t want to do is make the same mistakes they made. It’s better to leave early than to stay a second longer.

    (PA file)

(PA file)

“I understand, because these fighters will never leave my shadow, and they will never be able to walk in my shoes.

“They will never find someone who can sing, run, dance and support everything he says, someone who can fill arenas everywhere they go.

“Everything I needed to do, I did – I got off the ground to win fights, I stepped on the biggest stage in the world and I delivered every time. It’s been a long time waiting for a fighter like me, and it will be even longer later.”

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