John Fury defies Tyson and says he’d be ‘privileged’ to go for drink with AJ
John Fury has defied son Tyson by claiming he'd like to go for a drink with Anthony Joshua despite the fallout from December's failed bout.
British boxing fans finally thought they were being given the heavyweight showdown they craved when Fury reversed his apparent retirement to call out 'AJ', who appeared to accept the challenge. Negotiations then began for a UK bout on December 3, but soon fell through with both sides left blaming the other.
Instead, Fury took on Derek Chisora in what many dubbed a tune-up fight for Oleksandr Usyk next year, claiming he'll now never give 'AJ' another chance. But in a father and son interview with IFL TV, John Fury actually argued with his son over the Olympic gold medalist.
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"I would be privileged to go for a drink with AJ. I am my own man and I say what I want," he said. "He is a nice kid, he has given us some pleasurable nights and has been a good world champion. If he gives me props, I can only thank him.
"I know my son is the best in the world by a country mile but it doesn't stop me liking anybody and AJ is a likeable guy. If they respect me, I respect them even more. He has never done anything wrong to me."
And the former boxer-turned-trainer doesn't think a fight between the two British giants is dead in the water just yet. He urged Joshua, 33, to prove his worth by taking on Joe Joyce early next year.
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"I think Joshua should have fought Joe Joyce with the winner fighting the winner of Tyson vs Usyk. What is the point fighting Dillian Whyte?" he asked.
"He is supposed to be up there with the best in the world so should fight Joe Joyce or Deontay Wilder. He will fight another unknown instead."
On the collapsed clash with his son, Fury instead took aim at Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn "It is not AJ, it is the people around him," he added. "He will do what he is told because he is a fighter. The people around him like Eddie Hearn think they are clever."
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