Fury declared that he had retired from the sport after making a successful defence of his WBC crown against Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium back in April. The winner of Joshua’s second meeting with Usyk now looms for the ‘Gypsy King’ but he suggested he will not break his retirement promise unless he is granted a purse of £500 million.
However many figures close to Fury including his wife Paris believe he would return to face Joshua, which the champion later reiterated by offering to fight his rival for free. The champion’s father John believes that Fury should challenge for the undisputed crown and has backed him to beat either Joshua or Usyk.
“If Joshua gets the win, then it’s all to play for isn’t it,” Fury Sr told talkSPORT when assessing the chances of his son fighting for the undisputed heavyweight titles. “Even I’d want [Tyson] to do that, I’d pressure him to do that. And Usyk, why not? He can beat them both at a canter so why not?
“But don’t be surprised if AJ pulls it off. I’ve got a sneaky feeling again that AJ’s going to do it and he has this remarkable way of bouncing back doesn’t he.” Fury Sr previously dismissed his son’s retirement claims as “bull****” and believes the champion will return in some way shape or form later this year.
Joshua and Fury had agreed to face each other for the undisputed titles last year, and the contracts were even signed but the fight fell at the final hurdle. Fury was instead forced to accept a trilogy with Deontay Wilder which he won before moving on to defeat Joshua’s former opponent Whyte.