TYSON FURY has revealed the prospect of fighting Anthony Joshua helped spark his return to boxing.
The Gypsy King retired after beating Dillian Whyte in April of that year.
Fury then did a U-turn on the decision and held talks with Joshua to fight on December 3.
However, talks collapsed after Joshua missed Fury’s deadline to sign the contract.
Instead, Derek Chisora was drafted to complete a trilogy that saw Fury emerge victorious from the previous two bouts in 2011 and 2014.
But Fury is keen to give fans a show that he believes the Battle of Britain fight with AJ would achieve.
In his autobiography, Gloves Off, Fury revealed: “The other fight I was interested in is a showdown to stop the nation.
“A match with Anthony Joshua would fall into that category and in September 2022 I even offered to play him in the UK on a 60-40 revenue split.
“I wanted it to be a moment in sporting history, a battle for Britain.
“But so far we haven’t made it.
“Now I have to fight Derek Chisora on December 3 – having already beaten him twice.”
Fury currently holds the WBC heavyweight title but could face Oleksandr Usyk – the holder of the WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF titles.
And should the pair fight each other, it would be a never-before-seen all-four-belt fight for the first time in the four-belt era.
Meanwhile, Joshua will face Whyte early next year.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6555063/tyson-fury-anthony-joshua-sporting-history-exclusive/ Tyson Fury reveals Anthony Joshua was just struggling to spark the retirement U-turn as he ‘owed the fans a moment in sports history’.