Tyson Fury has stated that he must face Anthony Joshua before retiring from boxing, calling it a "travesty" if the fight does not take place.
Fury, 34, has retired or threatened to retire on multiple occasions, but in an interview with The High Performance podcast, the WBC heavyweight champion stated that he still has unfinished business with Joshua.
"I don't think I can retire today," Fury said. "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 is presently preparing for a WBC championship defense against Derek Chisora on December 3 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and the British star had wanted to finalize an undisputed world heavyweight title bout with WBA, IBF, and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk early in 2023.
Those preparations appear to have been derailed after Filip Hrgovic's team declared that he will face the Ukrainian next. Usyk upset Joshua in their rematch in August in Saudi Arabia.
"For the last four or five years, there has been this three-headed monster: me, Wilder, Joshua," Fury added. "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."
Whether Fury fights Joshua in the future or not he has to take care of what's in front of him right now. The Gypsy King faces Dereck Chisora on December 3rd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.