Fury insists that he has retired from professional boxing and wants to cash in on the money spinning exhibition circuit against major names
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Tyson Fury has compiled a short list of possible opponents for an exhibition bout. They include Mike Tyson, The Rock, and The Rock.
Fury insists that he is still retired from professional boxing, despite an apparent U-turn this week. However, he is determined to make a profit on the lucrative exhibition circuit that has been robbed by Floyd Mayweather. Fury has fought in three non-competitive bouts, earning millions.
Fury is now aiming for some of the most important heavyweight names in history, as well as WWE legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “I’m going to do some exhibition fights, they’re not real fights, it’s for the entertainment,”He said Good Morning Britain “This is not professional boxing, this is pure entertainment, that’s all it is, nothing more, nothing less.
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“The difference is, the exhibition you’re not there to win or lose, you’re there to put on a show for the fans. You can fight old-timers, famous people, whoever you want; I’m looking to fight Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno, or Dwayne Johnson, The Rock.
“I said [promoter]Frank Warren must show me the money, if I want to appear on those shows. [£200million]It’s okay, it’s not a bad place to start.”
Fury has flip-flopped over his retirement, claiming this week that he was ready to fight the winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk before almost immediately backtracking.
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“There’s always going to be that clamour – even when Joshua and Usyk are finished and there’s new contenders and champions, they will always ask Tyson Fury to come back as undefeated champion and fight these people,” Fury said.
“Rumours, however, are rumours. Until I say that I’m actually doing a fight, take me at my word. For now I’m done with professional boxing and I’ve moved on to other things, but you can never say never. The future is unknown.”
Fury had been due to take on Joshua last summer to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999. But the Brit was instead forced to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time, knocking out the American in the 11th round.