The past week has been a tough test for everyone as the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold of the nation.
I think everybody is in the same boat. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, no one knows what tomorrow is going to bring and all we can do is live in hope.
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From a boxing perspective, a lot of the top echelon of boxers are financially secure. It’s the guys lower down the chain, the guys starting out, who are obviously struggling.
This is their only source of income. They’ve got no other work – if they don’t fight, they don’t get paid.
And it’s the same with us – if we don’t put shows on, we don’t get paid.
But in all walks of life there are people seriously affected by what’s going on. It’s an awful time for everybody.
We announced this week that two of our big shows have been postponed due to the situation.
Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce, due to take place on April 11, will now move to July 11, with Josh Taylor’s homecoming title defence against Apinun Khongsong also on hold.
We intend to keep Taylor vs Khongsong on in Scotland and have to make sure the venue is available, but it’s pointless even talking about dates at the moment because we’re not too sure what the future holds.
We had to take the rearranged July 11 date at the O2 Arena for Dubois vs Joyce because otherwise it’d have gone somewhere else. That’s why we’ve gone for that and we just have to keep our fingers crossed it will go on for that date.
FIGHTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO
When things do resume, we’ll have two fighters challenging for world titles immediately.
Terms are now officially agreed for Carl Frampton to attempt to make history and become a three-weight champion against WBO super-featherweight king Jamel Herring.
We’re hoping for that fight to take place on June 13, but we can only be guided on what’s happening by the government and their advisers.
I don’t think they know what’s happening from day to day. It’s not their fault, it is what it is. It’s utter chaos everywhere.
The WBO have also ordered our man Liam Williams as mandatory for middleweight ruler Demetrius Andrade.
Purse bids were supposed to be this week, but that’s all been pushed back a couple of weeks. Again, it’s a case of wait and see what happens.
I’d like to bring that fight to the UK. We’ve got Liam into a great position, he’s in a good spot at the moment, so we’ve gotta make sure he gets his shot. I think he has the beating of Andrade.
No one knows anything at the moment, we all live in hope that this all settles down soon and we get back to some sort of normality so we can start getting these fights away.
TYSON FURY CLAIMS
I got a letter last September from this farmer making all these allegations about Tyson’s UKAD case. In the letter he said he’d lied and signed statements under oath, which is perjury.
I wasn’t involved with Tyson back at the time of this case, but I asked Tyson about it – he said he’d never heard of him, never knew him, and that was it.
The farmer said he was promised money, £25,000. So he was prepared to lie, according to this letter, for £25,000. We spoke and told him to go and see UKAD if he’s got a problem.
Obviously he chose not to do that and has gone to a newspaper instead. They rang us on a Friday night with their story, which they must’ve had for a while, doing their best to prevent anybody from stopping it going out.
Given the fact that there was no sport on, they made a big thing of it and gave it a big splash. But they’re relying on the word of an admitted liar and perjurer, whatever way you want to look at it.
From my perspective it’s ridiculous. The whole thing is ridiculous. Remember, this is five years ago he’s referring to.
It’s taken five years for his conscience to kick in, if he’s telling the truth now.
We do know for a fact that the farmer did sign an affidavit on the matter. He did do that.
But the other side of it that you’ve got to look at, he keeps referring to ‘Team Fury’. Who? Tyson at the time of a big fight can have up to 20 people around him in his team. He certainly never dealt with Tyson, otherwise he’d have said, “I dealt with Tyson Fury and this is what happened.”
Tyson says he’s never met him and he’s never had any dealings with him. So who from ‘Team Fury’ approached him, if indeed they did? And who from ‘Team Fury’ offered him £25,000? Why don’t you just name them?
All he keeps referring to is ‘Team Fury’, I don’t know who ‘Team Fury’ is. Who are they? Who is it? You must know who it is?
He either supplied the meat or he didn’t. If he didn’t supply the meat he must’ve had a discussion with a specific person to concoct a lie for money. So who was it?
Tyson’s not bothered about it at all. He just thinks it’s a load of rubbish and it’s a lie. That’s it, that’s where he’s at.
There have been reports suggesting UKAD are investigating the situation once again, but I have no knowledge of that whatsoever. What can they open up? There’s nothing to open up.
If this guy lied then they need to take action against him because perjury is a criminal offence.
FURY VS WILDER III TO BE DERAILED?
As everybody knows, in the immediate aftermath of the rematch, Deontay Wilder activated his contractual clause for a third fight with Tyson.
However, nothing has happened at the moment because we’ve all been focusing on where we are now.
I think everything’s gonna go quiet for a couple of weeks and then we’ll see how the land lies.
The coronavius pandemic will derail everything. If this is the case, it certainly will do that to the rematch, there’s no doubt about that. It will derail every fight.
At the moment we’re just in the hands of the government and their scientists until we know what’s supposed to be good for everybody and what the process is gonna be.
It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better by the sounds of it.
Tyson vs Anthony Joshua in December remains what we’d ideally like to happen. I hope by then things will have settled down.
That’s the fight that everybody wants to see and the fight we all want to make.