Tyson Fury spent Friday announcing the launch of his new energy drink Furocity.
The WBC heavyweight champion hosted a lunch in London and, throughout the day, also met co-promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum as the trio got closer to staging the fight against Dillian Whyte scheduled for on April 23, potentially at Wembley Stadium.
Whyte has until Feb. 21 to sign for the fight. The downtime left Fury still furious at the turn of events that ultimately led to Warren and Arum allocating $41,025,000 to the purse bid. Fury is set to earn an 80% cut from the sum.
Before the fight became a bid, over millions were pushed into a pot for Anthony Joshua to pull out of his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk, and for Whyte to forfeit a fight with Fury, in order for Fury to fight the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion Usyk for undisputed heavyweight champion status.
Fury (30-0-1, 22 KOs) explained how it all went down.
“[Joshua] agreed to take $15 million to opt out of a rematch with Usyk,” Fury said, per TalkSport. “Then he demanded another $5 million because, greedy coward that he is, he knows he can’t beat Usyk, so he wouldn’t get the bigger bucks even if he had the guts to fight me.
“Basically, Joshua is a failed color. There’s still no sign of him facing Usyk again. He doesn’t want the fight because he gets knocked out a second time and it’s over. And that’s the big fight with me in the trash, even though the world knows I’ll fight anyone.
Fury is coming off a resounding knockout victory in October against rival Deontay Wilder. The trilogy match was widely considered the 2021 fight of the year. At the time, it was the 33-year-old Fury’s first fight in 20 months.
Fury wants to be more active this year and fight three times in 2022, and it all starts with Whyte once “The Body Snatcher” agrees to the terms of the fight.
“I never hated Dillian, my old sparring partner, but he’d be as foolish as a coward if he backed out of this fight,” Fury said. “A coward because he has been waiting 1,200 days for a world title shot, he says he has always been wanted at all costs. At $8 million, it’s the biggest payday of his life by a fortune. I do it for life. Plus, if he were to surprise everyone by winning, he would get another $4 million lottery bonus. He earns eight times more than me to beat Wladimir Klitschko. What’s his problem?”
Rating a win over Whyte, Fury would rank him sixth in terms of his best wins.
“It would probably be Deontay Wilder [as my biggest win]then Wladimir Klitschko, then Derek Chisora, then Otto Wallin, then Steve Cunningham, then [Whyte]“, Fury told Queensberry TV.
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