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Fury – who is set to fight domestic rival Dillian Whyte next year – reposted a list of the final five fights of his career with Usyk not being included.

 

Tyson Fury ‘s has suggested he is backing Anthony Joshua to avenge his loss to Oleksandr Usyk next year after omitting the Ukrainian from his hit list.

 

 

Fury outlined the five final fights of his career before stopping Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight last year.

 

On the list was a clash with WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte, whom he will fight next year, two fights with Joshua and a trilogy bout with Derek Chisora.

 

 

Fury reposted the list – which doesn’t include Usyk – on Twitter along with the caption: “Looking forward to some massive fights next year.”

Joshua lost his heavyweight titles to Usyk when he was outpointed by the former cruiserweight king in September and instantly activated his rematch clause.

 

 

Fury and his promoters urged Joshua to step aside from his second fight with Usyk to set up an undisputed heavyweight title fight, but they have since admitted defeat.

 

 

As Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum told Boxing Social : “What difference does it make now? Joshua can step aside. Whyte has got to step aside. Forget these step asides. Let Joshua fight Usyk again.

 

 

“He has a contract to do that and let Dillian Whyte fight Tyson Fury. Whoever wins those two fights then fights for all the belts. I mean, it’s just a few months until it’s sorted out.

 

 

“Let’s stop doing what really is tortuous to get step asides and all of that stuff. It becomes so complicated, and it’s a convoluted way of doing.”

 

 

Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn initially teased the idea of Joshua stepping aside, but said it would take an offer of at least £40 million from Fury’s team.

 

 

‘AJ’ will look to become a three-time heavyweight champion when he rematches Usyk, something only five other heavyweights have done before.

 

Hearn confirmed Fury and Joshua’s upcoming fights could both take place in the middle east, despite his previous calls for Fury’s fight to take place in the UK.

 

 

And despite Fury’s longstanding rivalry with Joshua, his father has backed ‘AJ’ to win back his titles next year.

 

 

“It’s business boxing and I do believe AJ wants to fight Usyk, that’s why he asked for £40 million. I’d ask for £70 million, so good luck AJ,” he told iFL TV.

 

 

“But I do believe AJ wants to avenge his loss and he can bounce back, he’s proved it. In AJ’s case now it’s not about the money, it’s more of a pride thing with him.

 

 

“I don’t blame the lad, I’ve had a lot of good nights with him. He’s a brilliant athlete, let’s not kick a man whilst he’s down because he’s better than that.”

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