Fury claims he tried to set up a fight with 'diva' Joshua SIX times

Tyson Fury claims he has tried to make a fight with ‘diva’ Anthony Joshua SIX times in the last five years… but insists he is retired and will not face his rival who ‘couldn’t beat me if he had a baseball bat while I was sleeping’

  • Tyson Fury has said he has tried to set up a scrap with Anthony Joshua six times
  • The WBC king reckons countryman Joshua could not defeat him if he was asleep
  • Unbeaten Fury claims he tried to set up the showdowns within the last five years
  • The Gypsy King says he is retired and says there is no chance of making the bout

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. 

Tyson Fury has long been linked to a bout with Anthony Joshua which he says will never occur

Joshua (left) lost to Oleksandr Usyk in the Ukrainian ex-cruiserweight’s third heavyweight bout

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 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.”

Fury said he had retired after knocking out Dillian Whyte in the sixth round at Wembley in April

‘Then when Anthony Joshua got bounced off the canvas by Andy Ruiz [in June 2019], people said, “he’s a bodybuilder — Tyson’s right, he hasn’t got a chance.”

‘Then when he looked shockingly s*** in the [December 2019] rematch against Ruiz – who didn’t train for a day, by the way, he was out in Mexico partying with the president – people said he was shot to bits.

‘Then he goes and gets beaten by a cruiserweight [Usyk]. That bird has flown. I am the undefeated heavyweight king.’

Fury demolished Joshua victim Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April and has since suggested that he would only return to the ring for £500m.

Fury’s US promoter, Bob Arum has said he wants to see Usyk or Joshua take on Fury in the UK

Arum said that could be a defence against unbeaten Joe Joyce, which the businessman believes would prove even more successful than Fury’s 94,000-capacity sell-out against Whyte.

New WBA (Regular) champion Daniel Dubois also considers himself a contender to challenge Fury, although the fighter known as The Gypsy King says there is no boxer past or present worthy of taking him on.

Fury boasted: ‘No-one can even lace my boots or come close to me — not even the greats of the past eras can even come close to eating bread off my table, never mind a bodybuilder [Joshua] who has lost two of his last four fights.

Arum suggested Fury will go back on retiring for a fight with Joy Joyce at Wembley in October

‘In what world could he ever beat me? He couldn’t even beat me if he had a baseball bat while I was sleeping.’

The 33-year-old predicts Usyk, who earned a convincing points victory over Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, will win again in a rematch he claims to be indifferent about.

Fury said: ‘I’m happily retired and there will always be somebody else to fight, whether it’s Joshua, Usyk or someone else — Dubois, Joyce.

‘Go and find another sucker to fight them all because I’m all out of getting punched in the face for a few quid. I don’t need it.’

Prospect Daniel Dubois, who beat Trevor Bryan earlier this month, could also challenge Fury

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