A proposed fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is on hold following the latter’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
Ricky Hatton believes Tyson Fury is eyeing Anthony Joshua as his final opponent to face-off against before retirement, following his superb victory over Deontay Wilder.
Fury inflicted a second career defeat upon Wilder in Las Vegas last week, retaining his heavyweight belt and bringing an end to one of boxing’s fiercest rivalries in the modern era.
However, plans for a unification bout with Anthony Joshua were shattered as the London 2012 Olympic champion suffered defeat to Oleksandr Usyk – who he’ll now face in a rematch as he attempts to win back the belts he lost.
Fury could now be set to face-off against Dillian Whyte, currently situated as the WBC’s mandatory challenger, but it remains to be seen whether that bout will take place.
Hatton believes that Fury wouldn’t be blamed if he was to retire following his trilogy bout triumph against Wilder but believes that the Gypsy King sees Joshua as his final opponent to overcome – and that he’ll wait for a fight.
“If Tyson Fury wants a break after that war with Deontay Wilder, none of us can blame him. We might not see him until after Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2,” he wrote for Metro.
“If Tyson wants a rest, that will give AJ a chance to try redeem himself against Usyk. And if he can do that, we get the fight we have all wanted.
“There is only one box for him to tick now I think and that is the all-British title showdown with AJ. If that doesn’t happen, then I don’t think there is much more he can do in his career.
“He’s had three thrilling fights with Wilder. If he wanted to hang them up now, I don’t think anyone would blame him. But knowing Tyson how I know him, he will want to sign off his career by beating AJ.”
A rematch date for Usyk and Joshua has not been officially announced but it has been suggested the fight will take place on April 4th 2022.