Tyson Fury has called out his next potential opponent after it emerged his super unification fight with Oleksandr Usyk was unlikely to take place in 2022.
Despite seemingly confirming live on air to Piers Morgan that he has retired following his KO win over Dillian Whyte, Fury seems certain to go back on that pledge. And following Usyk's win over Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia last month, a unification bout with the Ukrainian seemed the obvious choice.
But Usyk has now said he has no intention of facing 'The Gypsy King' until 2023, with Fury responding by goading his rival with a video message: "All roads lead to a seven-foot behemoth whose going to destroy you middleweight," he said.
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"You will get smashed to bits. You say you wanted to fight me after you beat 'The Bodybuilder', calling me out on television. Now you're being a little b**** p**** boy."
But it seems that the Morecambe man now has a plan in place while he waits for Usyk, albeit it one that involves an unlikely opponent. German heavyweight Mahmoud Charr, 37, has issued his own video challenge to Fury, and it's one he seems quite keen to accept.
"Tyson, Tyson Fury, take the fight, I'm ready," he said, in footage taken from inside a gym. "Take my challenge, I'm ready for you man, no excuses."
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Fury responded with his own post, referring to the veteran by his nickname: "Diamond boy," he said. "I've got a certain little middleweight that I got to put that fist through first. However, if he don't want no smoke, you can surely get it."
Whilst Charr, a former WBA champion, would potentially serve as a 'tune-up' fight for Fury, he would be widely viewed as an underwhelming opponent. He's lost three of his last ten fights, and has not faced a recognised world-class fighter since his defeat to Alexander Povetkin back in May 2014. He also has a defeat to Vitali Klitschko from 2012 on his CV.
Regardless, it's likely to be different type of ring that Fury enjoys combat in this weekend. Triple H has teased the star could do something 'magic' at Saturday's WWE Clash of the Castle pay-per-view in Cardiff.
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