Tyson Fury’s wife, Paris, hopes her husband fights Anthony Joshua next in a British heavyweight blockbuster before heading into early retirement.
The Gypsy King claimed the WBC world title last week following a devastating performance against Deontay Wilder, stopping the previously unbeaten American in the seventh round.
Wilder has already signalled his intention to trigger a rematch clause, despite having been comprehensively outclassed and knocked to the canvas twice before his corner, against his wishes, threw in the towel.
Joshua, meanwhile, is waiting in the wings after confirming his return to the top table the division having retained his four belts by beating Andy Ruiz Jr back in December and Tyson’s wife hopes the two Brits can get it on before the 31-year-old hangs up his gloves for good.
She said: ‘I’d like him to beat Anthony Joshua and then stop. He’s in the ring with supreme boxers and it is a dangerous sport. We both know the risks. I know one shot can change everything. If they put all the belts on the line it would be such an amazing fight. I’d like him to take that one fight and retire undefeated.
‘He can’t go on forever, he can’t go undefeated forever. I wouldn’t like to see him continue for too long and get hurt. I wouldn’t like to see him lose his record chasing money or fame. He doesn’t need that. He’s already cemented his name in the history books.’
In the immediate aftermath of his victory over Wilder, Fury insisted he was prepared to fight Joshua next but the Olympic gold medallist’s promoter Eddie Hearn dismissed that claim and believes the Gypsy King is jealous of his rival’s financial success.
‘I think Fury does want to fight [Joshua],’ Hearn told Fight Hype. ‘All these guys have got a little bit of a chip on their shoulder about AJ. He made double what Tyson Fury did for his last fight challenging for a world heavyweight title against Andy Ruiz. I think they’ve all been a little bit jealous of what Joshua’s made in the last six years. Now they’re actually catching up. It wasn’t long ago that Wilder was making $3m to fight Luiz Ortiz in an all out war. And actually he’s got a lot to thank DAZN for because they offered him $100m for three fights. He ended up making $40m and getting beat. Lot to be said for that.’
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