After dismantling Deontay Wilder in his tantalizing trilogy, coming out of the game as an undisputed, undefeated champion in the next year or two is a realistic goal for Tyson Fury.
But even though the Gypsy King is on the brink of eternal greatness, as a friend, rather than a fan, Ricky Hatton would be happy to see him hang up his gloves.
Fury cemented his status as the undoubted number one in the division when he finally ended his long-term rivalry with the Bronze Bomber in early October, surviving two heavy drops before delivering a brutal 11th-round knockout in a classic of all the times.
The following could have been a historic undisputed all-British showdown against unified champion Anthony Joshua, but those plans were at least momentarily derailed when he lost his WBA, WBO and IBF titles to Ukrainian enigma Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury’s promoter duo Frank Warren and Bob Arum have asked Joshua to step aside and allow an immediate and unchallenged showdown between the division’s top two – a suggestion laughed at by Eddie Hearn, who in exchange confirmed that the rematch will take place early. next year.
In the meantime, Fury, who hasn’t fought in the UK since 2018, will likely return home at a similar time against one of Dillian Whyte or Joe Joyce. There seems to be a logical plan: Fury, provided he is victorious, will fight the winner of Joshua and Usyk for all the belts.
But Hatton, who believes that Warren and Arum have a case in their guilty plea, emphasizes that it is not that simple.
Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in early October to end their now storied rivalry.
Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua lost his belt collection in a one-sided loss to Oleksandr Usyk.
“There is only one fight on Tyson’s mind, which is the AJ fight,” Hatton told Sportsmail. But if he could rule boxing, he would let Tyson fight Usyk, because at the end of the day they are the top two. I’d let AJ have a warm-up fight and then fight the winner.
But this is what’s ruining boxing: it should be Tyson, you fight your fight and AJ fight yours and the winner will fight each other. But no, then you have to give a rematch, maybe even two rematches.
‘He’s ruining the game. Wilder should never have had a third fight; if he had a fantastic performance in the second then he would get the rematch. It should be based on performance.
It puts the main fights we want on the back burner, just because of contractual issues. It’s silly. All it takes, especially in heavyweight boxing, is one hit, one decision to turn things around and then no fights will be made for three years. ‘
It is too familiar a tale. Heavyweight boxing is fraught with dramatic and unexpected surprises throughout history, most recently highlighted by Dillian Whyte in his loss to Alexander Povetkin and Joshua in his surprising loss in the United States debut to Andy Ruiz Jr.
Further back, legendary figures Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis suffered completely unexpected defeats to Buster Douglas and Hasim Rahman respectively, while even Fury’s ambitions could have been stopped by a ghastly cut suffered against Otto Wallin prior to his rematch win over Wilder.
Fury’s plans were nearly stopped by a cut suffered against Otto Wallin before his rematch with Wilder.
Ricky Hatton (right) insists that any fight for Fury must be meaningful or an unnecessary risk.
Hatton insists that Fury has already proven his worth in the sport and believes that if not against Joshua or Usyk, any fight is now an unnecessary risk, both to his legacy and, more importantly, to his health.
“Tyson has proven himself,” Hatton said. “ He’s had that trilogy with Wilder, he beat (Wladamir) Klitschko. Tyson is not like AJ; He’s suffered from depression, drinking and drugs and all he wants now is the defining fights and getting out of the game.
‘Let’s get it right, if Tyson wants to retire, he has nothing more to prove. The only thing Tyson wants to know in his own mind, just like AJ, is who is the best of him and AJ.
But Tyson can’t wait another two years while fighting him and fighting him, he’ll want to come in and out now.
He deserves it too. I’m sure his wife Paris doesn’t want to see him standing there getting hit in the butt every five minutes. Tyson has done his job now as far as I’m concerned.
‘It’s a shame if AJ’s fight doesn’t happen, and if it does, it has to happen quickly, because Tyson is ready to hang up his gloves now. As a friend of yours, I want you to hang them up; he has nothing left to prove.
Paris Fury (right) believes her husband Tyson (left) will retire from boxing within two years
Unfortunately for Hatton, Fury’s plans are out of his hands, and Arum revealed that his fighter will certainly return to the ring early next year.
But Fury’s wife Paris did indeed put a time frame on her husband’s career, recently insisting that she would like the 33-year-old to be out of the game for the next two years.
Fury admitted he was ‘hurt’ after Joshua lost his belts to Usyk. But Hatton, who insists that Fury already belongs to the elites throughout history, insists that now he must forget his British rival and focus exclusively on whoever has the belts.
“He has to forget about the AJ fight, it might not happen,” Hatton explained. ‘He has to get the undisputed, get all the belts and retire very proud of his place of origin.
“ He was at the bottom of the ladder a few years ago, and for an undefeated undisputed champion, he can hold his head up high for me. ”
He continued: ‘Everyone has a different view (on their top heavyweights throughout history). Muhammad Ali will always be the best, in everyone’s mind, for reasons other than boxing.
Some would mention Lennox Lewis, while others would say that Tyson might have been too complicated. Would it be unfair of me to say it has to be in the top five? I’d definitely say that. ‘
Hatton also expressed his joy with a showdown between Tommy Fury and Jake Paul getting closer and closer.
The pair will reportedly finally step into the ring on December 18, after Fury made his American debut against Anthony Taylor on Paul’s undercard of victory over Tyron Woodley.
The showdown has raised questions about Fury’s intentions in the sport, but Hatton insists it’s a big step in the reality star and boxer’s career.
“I’m compensated for him,” he said of Paul’s fight. When the Love Island offer came up, I told him and his father that I had to move on.
“ My job as a coach and friend is not just to get the fights for you, but to make sure you have enough pennies in the bank.
“ I told Tommy that I thought I could win more at Love Island. He went to Love Island, made a big name for himself and had a few fights here and there and now he has Jake Paul.
I am absolutely delighted for him. He’s made a ton of money, so yeah, go ahead. ‘
Tommy Fury (left) and Jake Paul (right) are reportedly ready to fight later this year.
Throughout a lot of trash talk between the pair, Fury has repeatedly insisted that he still plays on ambitions to become a world champion.
And while Hatton insists the Briton does have skill, he cautions that winning a world title and beating Paul are not related in any way.
“Tommy has a lot of ability, I have trained him,” he said. But being a world champion and beating Jake Paul are two different things.
“I think he beats Jake Paul, and if he does that and becomes a big name, then he can start to get more ambitious and go for a world title.
“ If he hits him, or if he doesn’t even hit him, I will be compensated for him, for the life that has been made. ”
Hatton spoke to Sportsmail on behalf of FightZone, a new streaming app that focuses on professional boxing in small rooms.
Previously retired heavyweight Dave Allen chose FightZone over DAZN for his comeback
Hatton was speaking to Sportsmail on behalf of FightZone, which is a new streaming app that focuses on British professional boxing in small rooms, showing a live show every week and aiming to help future champions build their careers. .
Fightzone has already shown area titles and a British title fight, and will show two world title fights in November.
“Dennis Hobson is one of the Fightzone partners and he’s great to work with,” Hatton said of his work with FightZone. “I spent some of the best nights of my life with him.
‘During the confinement, he opened the outdoor shows and people who might not have a chance at BT or Sky got their chance. With programs like that, although they are small, with social networks these children can make a name for themselves. ‘
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