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Boxing news, rumors: Tyson Fury lays out five-fight plan for future; Eddie Hearn makes offer to Gervonta Davis

The WBC heavyweight champion now claims he is nowhere near walking away from the sport despite previously contrary statements

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Despite claiming he was retired from boxing numerous times, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury wants boxing fans to know he has no intention of walking away from the sport any time soon. In a video posted on his social media, Fury claimed he has a plan laid out for his next five fights while claiming to be in the prime of his life.

Fury recently had to deal with the disappointment of a cut suffered in training, postponing his Feb. 17 bout with WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk to crown the undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era. The bout has been rescheduled for May 18 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The fight with Usyk will be Fury’s first since his late 2023 bout with former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. In that fight, Fury was knocked down and narrowly escaped one of the most shocking upsets in boxing history when he took the fight by split decision.

Usyk and Ngannou are two of the names on Fury’s five-fight plan, along with fellow UK superstar Anthony Joshua.

“I keep hearing people saying I should retire or I’m going to retire soon,” Fury said in the video. “I ain’t going to retire anywhere. I’ve got two fights with Usyk for the undisputed. Then I’m going to fight AJ at least once, maybe twice if there’s a rematch, if he wants one after the first battering I’m going to give him. And then I’m going to fight Ngannou again. That’s just to start. There’s five little fights for you to wet your appetite with you. I ain’t going nowhere. I’m 35 years old in the prime of my life.”

Fury previously claimed to be retired after a 2022 win over Dillian Whyte only to come back to fight Derek Chisora later that year. He has either announced or hinted at his retirement several other times.

More boxing news, rumors

  • Matchroom boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says he will follow through on trash talk between Conor Benn and Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Davis has not fought since defeating Ryan Garcia in a box office mega-attraction in April 2023. After Benn defeated Peter Dobson on Feb. 3, Davis took shots at Benn for a somewhat lackluster performance. The following argument between the two quickly led to discussions of making a fight. It’s not the high-level fight many want for WBA lightweight champion Davis, who is arguably boxing’s top star, and Benn comes with baggage after failed drug tests ahead of his canceled bout with Chris Eubanks Jr. Benn is currently banned from fighting in the UK and Hearn suggested in a video that the fight would likely take place on American soil.
  • On Tuesday, longtime middleweight and super middleweight contender John Ryder announced his retirement from the sport. Ryder lost almost every major fight of his career, though his loss to Callum Smith in 2019 is viewed as one of the worst robberies in modern championship boxing history. Had Ryder gotten his deserved win, he would have been WBA and Ring Magazine champion. Ryder lost the final two fights of his career, suffering a decision defeat to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and a TKO to Jaime Munguia.
  • Jaron “Boots” Ennis may be one of the best boxers on the planet, but don’t expect him to get a crack at Terence Crawford, according to Crawford trainer Brian “Bomac” McIntyre. “He don’t bring nothing to the table,” McIntyre said when recently asked about a potential fight between the two. “He got our leftovers. … Why would Bud wanna go backward? Bud is looking for bigger and better fights so he can etch his name in the concrete forever.”

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