December 10, 2023
Deontay Wilder (left) with Tyson Fury

Reigning World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, says he “needs to fight” fellow British heavyweight Anthony Joshua before he retires.

Negotiations over a potential bout between WBC champion Fury and former unified champion Joshua’s teams broke down in September.

Instead, Fury, 34, will defend his title against Derek Chisora in London on  December 3.

“I don’t think I can retire today because I need that Joshua fight,” Fury said on the High-Performance Podcast.

“We have been trying to make that fight for years. It’s the fight that people want to see. It’s the fight that I want to see as a boxing fan.”

Discussions over a potential bout between Fury and Joshua were held following the 33-year-old’s defeat in a second fight against Oleksandr Usyk in August.

Shortly after the bout, Fury challenged Joshua to a fight via a video on social media, to which Joshua accepted, saying he would be “ready in December”.

Negotiations ended with both parties blaming each other for the fight not coming to fruition.

Fury’s meeting with Britain’s Chisora, 38 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be the third meeting between the pair, with Fury winning in 2011 and 2014.

Fury won the WBC title, alongside The Ring belt which he later vacated, in his second of three fights against Deontay Wilder in 2020.

At the time, Joshua held the remaining titles in the heavyweight division, before his first defeat by Usyk 2021.

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