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Tyson Fury 'needs' to fight Anthony Joshua before he retires

Tyson Fury 'needs' to fight Anthony Joshua before he retires

Tyson Fury feels that he "needs" to fight Anthony Joshua before he retires from boxing.

The Gypsy King has threatened to walk away from the sport on numerous occasions but explained that unfinished business with his British rival is keeping him in the ring.

Speaking on The High Performance Podcast, Fury said: "I don't think I can retire today. Because I need that Joshua fight. 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."

Fury and Joshua have been in negotiations to box previously and the WBC world champion thinks it would be a "travesty" if they never compete against each other.

He said: "For the last four or five years, there has been this three-headed monster: me, Wilder, Joshua.

"Joshua and Wilder have been slain, and I'm the last one standing. All of a sudden, you've got some new people coming up now - Joe Joyce, Daniel Dubois, Usyk's gate-crashed the party.

"Now there's a load of new blood that wasn't there five years ago and it's like, 'Can you beat this person?'.

"But I think it would be an absolute dying travesty if me and Joshua didn't fight in this era."

Fury had previously suggested that he had no interest in fighting Joshua after failed negotiations with the former world champion and his promoter Eddie Hearn.

He said last month: "I've no more to say about the big useless dosser, he doesn't have any belts. He doesn't have anything I need and there will not be a fight between him and me, ever, full stop, bang. You can put an exclamation mark there as well."

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