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Tyson Fury insists his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder is the ‘only business he’s interested in’ – because he’ll get knocked out if Anthony Joshua is on his mind. Fury has agreed on the financial details of a huge two-fight deal to face Joshua in 2021 following months of talks between both camps.
However, Fury says he will not start thinking about Joshua until his third and final fight with Wilder is out of the way.
“You know, I take every fight very, very serious,” Fury said during an interview, courtesy of BT Sport, which appears on this week’s Gary Newbon Sports Show. “Deontay Wilder is a serious, serious customer and he will get a serious, serious training camp. I know that Deontay Wilder will want to win this more than anything because he’s never lost before.
“It’s his time to prove that he can come back, he can become a two-time world heavyweight champion. He’ll be more dangerous in this fight than he ever has been before. This is the only business that I’m interested in – the only business. And when it happens, it happens and I’ll be waiting in the wings for the call.”
Asked by presenter Steve Bunce about all the talk of his showdown with Joshua, Fury added: “You said it there, Steve. Everybody in the Tyson Fury business [is talking]. I’m the man in the ring and you can have all the business done in the world, but if a fighter ain’t willing to stand and fight, and work hard and give everything, then all the business people behind the scenes may as well not even be there.
“At the end of the day, the only person that counts on the night is me. If my mind ain’t on it, thinking about other fights and other things, then I’ll lose for sure. That’s one hundred per cent true, speaking from the heart.”