Bob Arum still has fight plans for Tyson Fury despite ‘retirement’ talk

Tyson Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum reckons the Gypsy King will be ‘stirred’ into making a comeback to face the winner of Oleksandr Usyk against Anthony Joshua.

The WBC heavyweight champion insisted he was retiring from boxing after knocking out Dillian Whyte last month. Fury, 33, is unbeaten and still seen as in his prime but he is adamant he is walking away from the sport.

But Arum believes his man may be tempted back once he sees the outcome of Joshua’s rematch with WBA, IBF and WBO champion Usyk. The pair are set to meet on July 23 in Saudi Arabia and then all talk will turn to an undisputed clash between the winner and Fury.

Arum, who runs Top Rank in the US, told Fighthype: “I’ll meet with Tyson [Fury], we’ll have dinner together, and whatever he wants to talk about. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll talk any further about his retirement.

“I mean, with Tyson Fury, you’ve got to give him space about what he wants to do. Again, I’m not going to push him for answers or anything. There’s no reason to.

“We’ll just have a nice conversation. When he says he’s retired, he means it now. But whether he’ll mean it two months from now, that’s problematic. I think once the Joshua vs. Usyk fight happens, I think the blood will stir in his body.”

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Arum may not be involved in Usyk against Joshua, but he still believes it will be an exciting event when it does take place. But he has backed Usyk to hand Joshua another defeat after he outpointed the Brit back in September in their first fight.

He said: “I’m sure it’ll be a very good fight, and I’m sure he’ll be able to place it where he wants. I think Usyk-Joshua will be a very good fight, and I frankly look for Usyk to do the same thing as in the first fight.”

Meanwhile, Fury won't be rushed into making a decision on keeping the WBC heavyweight title despite his claim that he has retired from boxing. The real sign that he is quitting will come if he relinquishes his WBC title because that is the key to an undisputed fight.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed to Daily Star Sport that Fury has not yet signalled he will give up the title. Sulaiman plans to leave Fury to recover with his family in the coming weeks before he will meet with the Gypsy King to discuss his future.

Whyte was a mandatory challenger so Fury is not obligated to defend the belt against a certain challenger next. He will be free to make a voluntary defence or sign up for a unification, so Fury is under no pressure to make a definitive decision.

Fury is also considered the ‘lineal’ heavyweight champion as he ended Wladimir Klitschko’s reign in November 2015.

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