Via Jack Tien Nam: Tyson Fury says he could give Oleksandr Usyk a slap in the mouth if he attends the match against Derek Chisora this Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London.
Given Usyk’s faster hand speed and wit, it would probably be a mistake for Fury to give him a slap this Saturday night. Usyk will probably counter Fury and make him regret hitting him.
Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) insulted IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion recently calling him a drunkard.
The comment annoyed Fury enough to warn Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) that he would give him a slap if he was in the ring.
For Usyk, going to London to sit in the audience probably isn’t worth it as Fury says he’s only interested in going to the top-earning bout for his next bout.
Usyk is probably not the biggest payday for Fury if he successfully knocks out Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) on Saturday. Fury could make more money fighting Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr than he did against Usyk.
Some say Usyk’s fighting style is completely out of line with Fury, who has fallen several places since scoring the best win of his career over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
If Fury is going to beat Usyk, he’ll need to be nimble and not as strong as he has become due to age. The way Fury fights now works against sedentary fighters like Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder, but perhaps not against a dynamic like Usyk.
Improved Joe Joyce, Usyk and even Joshua will give Fury problems with their mobility and dexterity.
“If he comes to fight, I promise you I will slap him in the mouth. Usyk recently called me a drunk, so I wanted to see what he had to say about drinks. I drink, yes, of course. I’m a human,” Tyson Fury told iFL TV.
“I like to drink beer; who? I don’t care about foreign throwers. No, he’s a bitch,” Fury said when asked if he wanted to fight Usyk. “He had a chance to fight for a lot of money. Sixty-five million dollars, and he didn’t take it.
“Whoever comes to fight will have a good hiding place. They give me one, or I give them one. Either way, it doesn’t matter at this point in your career. Now I’m trying to be a journeyman. I will continue until I am 55 years old.
“If he wants to hide well again, he can take it too,” Fury said when asked if he’d be interested in a rematch with Deontay Wilder. “He [Joe Joyce] can get a good hidden too. He [Daniel Dubois] can take it.
“To make it interesting, we could have a royal riot, put $100 million on it and the last man standing would get a lot.
“I don’t really care because it’s just an IBF title that I won’t be competing for anyway,” Fury said when told Eddie Hearn had said Filip Hrgovic’s mandatory IBF participation would stop him. He fought Usyk.
“The undisputed thing won’t suit me because I won’t be in the IBF; That is a fact. I will not pay the penalty fee to the IBF. They robbed me unless they reimbursed me from seven years ago the sanction fees I paid them, they will never get the red belt for the Gypsy King.
“Four days I think,” Fury said when asked how quickly the IBF stripped him of his title with their organization in 2015 after he took the title from Wladimir Klitschko. “Four or five days, they stripped me of my clothes, and guess what? They did not return my money.
“So whoever is at the end, they own my penalty fee. It used to be Darryl Peoples. Darryl, give me my money back, damn it, or there’s no arguing on the line for your damn belt.
“I have no interest in him,” Fury said of his fight with Anthony Joshua. “Like I said, if they want to fight, bring them to the table, take out the checkbook, put it on the line and then we fight. Otherwise, f**k is off. There’s not much else to say, really. I am very conflicted. Anyway, no one believes what I say.
“It could be no or it could be 10,” Fury said of the number of fights he wants in 2023. “I could retire after Chisora, and it’s true. Anyway, that’s how I feel. I can do [carry on].
“All these men, I don’t care who they are; one thing I will say is, whoever I can get the most money for my next fight, that’s who I will fight. If I had to fight a middleweight to do it or a light boxer, whoever it was, I would fight them because at this level now, the big fights, we box. for what?
“No matter what the biggest amount, that’s where we’re going,” Fury said when asked who he’ll be up against next. “If someone wants to pay me an obscene amount of money to punch someone, it’s game on.
“I’m going to do what the others can’t, I’m going to take him down,” Fury said of Chisora, 38. “I’m in a three-knockout fight, and I’m going to knock him out.
“He’s covered more miles than he used to, and he’s been fighting more and taking more punishment,” Fury said when asked what was different about Chisora compared to when he fought him. in 2014. “I think he’s a different fighter today.
“He got the win against Pulev, so I’m proud of what he did. Anything can happen in there. I don’t underestimate Derek. I did nine weeks of training camp for him. I’ve really put the work in, so I’m looking forward to the fight.
“I’m going to keep going until I’ve tarnished my record and I’ve lost 15 or 20 times. Maybe I’ll retire when I’m 45. Hopefully, it will be enough and one day I will be finished.
Fury said: “I’ve always said I’m going to keep boxing until I become a practitioner and I probably will.