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Tyson Fury explains why he won’t get his hopes up over Joshua fight

Fury says Joshua deal is ‘nowhere near done’ (Picture: Getty)

Tyson Fury is not letting himself believe his fight with Anthony Joshua is on because he will ‘feel like killing himself’ if it doesn’t happen.

Talks over what will surely be the biggest fight in the history of British boxing continue with Eddie Hearn, Bob Arum and Frank Warren, the three promoters at the centre of negotiations, all optimistic a deal is about to be struck.

Fury however has played down suggestions a fight announcement could be imminent, telling iFL TV on Thursday the fight is ‘nowhere near’ being finalised.

And the 32-year-old – who has been outspoken over his brave battles with depression in the past – also says he will not risk having his hopes dashed.

‘When it finally does happen, I’m sure we will all get to see it,’ Fury said. ‘But I’m not going to hold my breath for it, that’s for sure.

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury

Joshua and Fury were expected to fight this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘I’m not putting all my eggs in one basket because I have been guilty of doing that before. And then these fights don’t happen. And then I end up in a massive depression and feel like killing myself.

‘So I’m not going to say this fight is definitely happening in May, June, August, whatever.

‘If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, I can’t do anything about it.’

Fury won his first world titles in 2015 after dethroning former heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko before his life spiralled out of control amid battles with depression and substance abuse, vacating his titles and retiring from boxing.

He returned to the sport in 2018, capping a remarkable comeback story with his WBC title victory over Deontay Wilder last February.


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