Tyson Fury is focusing on a world title unification showdown with Oleksandr Usyk in February however will search an all-British battle with Joe Joyce if that can not be made.
The reigning WBC heavyweight champion returns to the ring on Saturday, December 3 for a trilogy struggle towards Derek Chisora, having reversed his resolution to retire within the wake efficiently defending the belt with a sixth-round stoppage of Dillian Whyte in April.
Fury nonetheless has his sights set on a conflict with Usyk, who retained the WBA, WBO and IBF variations of the title after a profitable rematch with Anthony Joshua in August and was initially slated as a doable opponent for the ‘Gypsy King’ subsequent month earlier than February emerged as a extra probably date.
Assuming he makes it three wins from three towards Chisora following victories in 2011 and 2014, the unbeaten 34-year-old nonetheless has Usyk as his prime goal. But the prospect of dealing with fellow unbeaten British boxer Joyce, now 15-0 (14) after stopping Joseph Parker to say the interim WBO crown, at Wembley is on the playing cards too.
“Usyk is prime of the purchasing checklist – offered I get via this one, and if not a rematch with Chisora for the fourth time,” Fury advised Queensberry Promotions’ YouTube channel.
“If Usyk don’t desire no smoke in February, let’s do Joyce at Wembley. Joe, get your skates on, get match, as a result of if the middleweight don’t desire no smoke you are in. I am combating thrice subsequent yr and you might be one in every of them.
“[Joyce], in my view, is the No 2-ranked heavyweight on the earth behind myself – possibly No 3 as a result of I do not assume anyone on the earth can take Deontay Wilder’s energy, solely myself.”
The conflict with Chisora, who snapped a three-fight shedding streak by claiming a split-decision win over Kubrat Pulev in July, shall be solely Fury’s second bout since concluding his trilogy towards Wilder with an Eleventh-round stoppage of the hard-punching American in October 2021.
Fury is decided to be extra lively in 2023 although, relaying his intention to have three fights subsequent yr to promoter Frank Warren.
“It is essential to me as a result of I have been coaching since Boxing Day final yr for a busy yr and I’ve solely had one struggle,” Fury stated.
“I do know I retired and was ready for a bit, however I am again now and I needed to struggle desperately as a result of going into subsequent yr I wish to be prepared as a result of I desire a minimal of three fights subsequent yr.
“I’ve advised Frank; [I want to be] a pleasant, lively heavyweight champion – no messing round, no retiring, no lengthy stints out of the ring.
“Straight into it, three fights subsequent yr. Get this man [Chisora] out of the way in which first after which we’ll struggle three fights subsequent yr.”
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