WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says there is nobody out there that has the ability to challenge him in the ring and has warned his rivals to expect him to enjoy a long reign.
The 31-year-old produced a scintillating performance to defeat Deontay Wilder for the WBC belt in February this year, with the Briton flooring the then-champion twice before the towel was thrown in during the seventh round.
It was a masterclass of boxing from the ‘Gypsy King’ and that victory immediately brought about talk of a massive all-British fight against IBF, WBA and WBO holder Anthony Joshua, which would unify the heavyweight division.
Back in March, Fury said that he had up to three fights left in him before calling it a day, while his wife Paris also wants her husband to defeat AJ and then retire from the sport.
However, it doesn’t look like the Manchester-born star will be hanging up the gloves anytime soon after he revealed he will fight until he is 40, which gives him another nine years in the ring.
“I’m going to fight on until I’m 40 years old. I’ve been thinking about it, and there isn’t much else to do anyways. So yeah, I may as well keep fighting,” he told ESPN.
“I don’t see anyone out there that can challenge me anyway. I just flattened the best one out there, the toughest opponent out there is Deontay Wilder, and we all saw what happened to him the last time out.”
Although every boxing fan is longing to see Fury take on AJ, both boxers already have other fights pencilled in, with the former taking on Wilder for the third time while Joshua goes up against Kubrat Pulev (Joshua 1/10, Draw 33/1, Pulev 6/1 – Bouts).
Pulev has suggested he would be willing to step aside from his fight with Joshua if the Englishman asked him to, but it looks unlikely Wilder would do the same as he remains intent on winning back his WBC belt (Fury 2/7, Draw 25/1, Wilder 5/2 – Bouts).
If the two British fighters do end up going up against each other, New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, who has recently spoken about his desire to fight Dillian Whyte again, has tipped Fury to come out on top (Fury 4/9, Draw 25/1, Joshua 7/4 – Bouts).
“I believe Tyson Fury will be victorious if they got in the ring together,” he told Sky Sports. “He has shown, not only from the wins he has had but with everything. The overall picture of him coming from the trouble he had. I believe he is the best.”