Tyson Fury has confirmed he will not be ringside for Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev this weekend – as he will be staying fit and ready.
The Gypsy King is expected to fight Joshua in a bid to unify the heavyweight division provided Joshua defends his belts against the Bulgarian this weekend.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has extended an invite to Fury to watch from ringside and talked up the chances of him making an appearance to watch his potential future opponent in action up close.
But Fury has now taken to social media with a video message to rubbish those rumours – explaining he will be too busy keeping fit and ensuring he is ready for a huge 2021.
Fury said: “This is Tyson Fury, the Gypsy King. Just a quick one guys, I will not be attending any boxing this weekend.
“For all the rumours this weekend that I’ll be attending some boxing, I will not be.
“Don’t expect fireworks, don’t expect any action from the Gypsy King because I’ll be grafting, I’ll be working as usual, always staying fit and ready.
“Good night and god bless.”
Speaking before Fury posted his video message, Hearn explained the situation with trying to get him ringside.
Hearn said: “I messaged him saying ‘you’re more than welcome’ and I know DAZN were talking to him about working on the night, I know Sky were too,” said Hearn.
“Some fighters think that it feels like you’re chasing it. There’s nothing to chase. We know what the deal is.
“If I was Fury, I would want to watch AJ up close. That’s why AJ came to Usyk against Chisora, to support Chisora, but also to see Usyk up close.
“Listen, I’d like to be in a position on Saturday where we’ve got a deal, we have an agreement, these are the dates we are working on now let’s go and find a venue.”
Hearn also confirmed inviting Fury was cleared with Joshua, who returns to the ring for the first time in just over a year.
“AJ is OK with it,” he added. “With Deontay Wilder, he didn’t want him to get in the ring at his fight because he didn’t feel he really wanted the fight.
“With Fury, I think he believes he wants the fight and I’m as close as I can be to 100 per cent certain that it will happen.”