BKFC president admits Tyson Fury ‘on our radar’ for bare-knuckle boxing

The president of the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships is keen to recruit recently-retired Tyson Fury. Dave Feldman’s ears lit up when Fury, who announced a comeback before later reaffirming his retirement by officially informing the WBC and relinquishing his Ring Magazine belt.

The Mancunian stressed his plans to compete in exhibition bouts post-retirement and even flew to Iceland to try and confront Hafthor ‘Thor’ Bjornsson. But it now appears that Feldman may offer Fury another option as he is keen to bring him on board.

“I think it [signing Tyson Fury] is definitely possible, if they take us seriously because we are the new kid on the block, they might not listen to us. If they listen to us, then absolutely I think we can get a deal done,” Feldman told talkSPORT. “He absolutely is on our radar; he would take this sport to a whole different level. You just saw it at Wembley Stadium with almost 100,000 people in there.

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“I think Tyson Fury would take this to a whole other level and we would absolutely love to make a play for him.”

This Saturday will mark the first time the BKFC will host a show in the UK, with the likes of AEW star Paige VanZant set to feature.

Feldman says his main goal is to attract names from other areas of the combat fighting world to bare-knuckle in the near future while revealing he is already in talks with two stars of the sport.

“I just wanna get some more of these boxers. We are going to make a play for some of these really good boxers,” Feldman said. “I can’t mention their names right now because it’s not done but we have two of the top 10 in the world we are negotiating with right now.”

In the wake of another retirement u-turn, the WBC have given Fury until Friday August 26 to make a final decision on his retirement and to vacate the WBC Heavyweight World title.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman revealed that on Friday he spoke to Fury who insisted he is genuinely retiring, however Sulaiman initially opted not to clarify whether or not the WBC belt is being vacated.

“We had a conversation with his promoter and we gave him until August 26, so they can send us a written confirmation of his final decision,” Sulaiman toldIZQUIERDAZO .

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“With that, we can proceed to address the situation with the belt. We will wait until August 26. That is our deadline to have a formal confirmation of their final decision. We have no rush. He has been a big hero inside the ring and out of it.”

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