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Tyson Fury is just messin’ with you

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Earlier this week, WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury made headlines and befuddled a lot of easily-befuddled fans and members of the media by announcing that he’d be coming back to the ring for a third bout with Dereck Chisora. And, especially perplexing, was the reason for supposedly picking Chisora for a rematch of a rematch.

“I decided to come back to boxing because I can become the first heavyweight champ in history to have two trilogies. One with Deontay Wilder, and the second one Dereck Chisora,” Fury said on social media this past Tuesday. “I always said I’d fight Derek Chisora at the end of my career, and here we are breaking all records.”

“Everything is sorted, looking good, the Gypsy King added. “Contract be over or a day or so. Peace out, you’re getting knocked out.”

Fury beat Chisora in their two previous contests, winning a unanimous decision in 2011 and forcing a tenth-round corner stoppage in their 2014 return bout. Chisora has gone 13-7 since his last loss to Fury and is 1-3 in his last four contests, but he recently scored a twelve-round split decision in a rematch with Kubrat Pulev to keep himself at least a partially viable main stage entity.

But pay no heed to the vociferous Fury, says co-promoter Bob Arum, he’s just messin’ with you.

“The truth is that he gets up in the morning, and he figures how he can best stir up s***,” Arum told Fight Freaks Unite. “He’s having fun.”

When asked to clarify whether Fury-Chisora 3 has even a remote chance of being a “thing,” Arum was definite and direct.

“Of course not! [There’s] Nothing. What are we, crazy? Everybody is waiting for the fight to happen [Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 in Saudi Arabia, for Usyk’s three heavyweight title belts] a week from Saturday and then we’ll explore whether it’s feasible to do a fight for the complete unification. He’s having fun, for Christ sake! Don’t take it seriously! And because he gets so many hits on all these (social media) platforms, he has a built-in audience.”

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, however, isn’t entirely attributing these Fury comments to the big Irishman’s impish sense of humor and childlike sense of mischief. The British head of Matchroom Boxing feels that Fury is trying to steal attention away from his fighter, who, in less than two weeks, will meet Oleksandr Usyk in a bid to regain the three belts he lost to the Ukraine native last September.

“Yeah, because Anthony Joshua is obviously fighting in a couple of weeks, so [Fury’s] going to start piping up again,” the promoter told iFL.TV.

Of course, Fury-Chisora 3 makes zero sense and when it first got run up the proverbial flag pole, people were equal parts confused and outraged. Some, hilariously enough, actually supported the idea and took their fight to social media, where they came up with all kinds of lame-brained reasons to support the third part of a trilogy.

The smart move when it comes to Fury, obviously, is to wait and see who comes out on top between Usyk and Fury and then target the winner in a bid for full four-belt unification. Reasonable back-up options include targeting the winners of the upcoming clashes, Joe Joyce vs. Joseph Parker and/or Andy Ruiz vs. Luis Ortiz.

But didn’t Fury tell us not that long ago that he was retired from boxing and felt no need to go on?

Maybe he was also just messin’ with us then, as well, having a good laugh while stirring the pot a bit.

Good for him, bad for boxing media and fandom, who seem really easy to fool.

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Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: paulmagno@theboxingtribune.com