Tyson Fury not ruling out WWE return after Deontay Wilder rematch
The boxer makes his professional wrestling debut on Thursday.
Tyson Fury says he could remain in WWE following his professional wrestling debut, but only after a return to boxing.
The 31-year-old undefeated heavyweight revealed on Friday he is considering quitting boxing, explaining: “I don’t think I will have many more fights. Maybe another three maximum. That’s it.”
Fury will take on Braun Strowman at a WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia on Thursday before he turns his attention back to a rematch with Deontay Wilder on February 22 in Las Vegas.
After that, the lineal heavyweight champion of the world could turn his back on the sport and continue a professional wrestling career.
He told the PA news agency: “This is definitely a lifelong dream and something I have been looking forward to for a long, long time. I’m feeling ready, psyched and quietly confident.
“I could stay in WWE. Who knows? It depends how much I like it on the night. We will make a decision afterwards.”
While Fury’s popularity in the United States is already impressive, success over Strowman would only increase his standing there.
Not that it matters to the ‘Gypsy King’, who could not resist a dig at Wilder and questioned the personality of the ‘Bronze Bomber’.
“I have already got more American fans than Deontay Wilder. For whatever reasons Deontay Wilder is not popular in America and people don’t like him,” Fury said.
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“He screams ‘bomb squad’ a lot and pretends to have a personality, but really he doesn’t and there is no depth to him. He has got no substance, he is a loud mouth and screams ‘bomb squad’ and that is it.
“Behind that there is no intellect, he comes out with random things that don’t make sense. I am a trash talker, but sometimes I struggle to put together what he is talking about.”
An injury to Fury on Thursday could jeopardise his rematch with Wilder next year, but the American will also be in action before then with a bout against Luis Ortiz.
Fury – who beat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine titles – added: “This keeps me active, keeps me in the gym and gives me something to focus on.
“But it is not just about me. There are two men in a fight. Wilder has to get through his fight first injury free and even win.
This is definitely a lifelong dream and something I have been looking forward to for a long, long time. I'm feeling ready, psyched and quietly confident Tyson Fury on his WWE debut
“I think he should come through, but Luis Ortiz is a dangerous customer and is not to be overlooked or underestimated.
“For four or five rounds he is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world and he is a 6ft 4 southpaw who can punch hard.”
The winner of Wilder versus Fury part two could go head-to-head with the victor in the Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz rematch.
Londoner Joshua has received some criticism with his December 7 fight taking place in Saudi Arabia due to the country’s human rights record.
Fury will also be fighting there, but this will be WWE’s fourth pay-per-view event in the country with relationships strong between the professional wrestling organisation and Saudi Arabia.
“I didn’t consider it because I’m fighting for an organisation who sorts all that out,” Fury said when quizzed on the venue.
“WWE have had all that stuff before and go through it on a daily basis. I am just a fighter and that’s it.
“I am not a politician or anything else, but in order for a country to change you have to be a part of the revolution and it is changing. Hence why so many big sporting contests are over there where as years ago none were over there so it is evolving.”
Following in the footsteps of fellow boxers Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson by dipping his toe into WWE, Fury is confident he will have too much for Strowman, who is nicknamed ‘The Monster Among Men’.
Fury, who has also hinted at a possible MMA career, said: “The Gypsy King is going to win because I don’t know how to lose. Happy Halloween! When I have knocked him out I will say that over the top of him.”