Tyson Fury challenges champion Savannah Marshall to a “cross-gender” boxing match

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Fury calls the WBO middleweight champion (Image: Getty)

Tyson Fury says he would rather fight middleweight champion Savannah Marshall in a boxing match across genders than consider some of the heavyweight names currently on the table for his next fight.

WBC champion Fury was expected to defend his title against Dillian Whyte early next year, but an ongoing legal arbitration between the governing body and the Londoner has put those plans on hold.

Joe Joyce is ready to fight ‘The Gypsy King’ after moving up to No. 2 on the WBC rankings.

But Fury has shown little interest in that showdown and insists that the only matches that interest him are a rallying match with the WBO, IBF and WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk or a Battle of Britain with Anthony Joshua.

And with his tongue fixed on the scales, Fury insisted that a meeting with the ‘incredible’ undefeated WBO champion Marshall is also a more appealing option.

Savannah Marshall

Hartlepool fan Marshall one of the best pound-for-pound female fighters (Image: Getty)

“I’m not really interested in fighting Joe Joyce,” Fury said IFL TV.

‘I’m probably looking at someone like Savannah Marshall to fight in a heavyweight championship fight across genders.

‘It’s more interesting to me. I really rate Savannah as a fighter, I think she’s an incredible fighter, and I would be really interested in fighting to be honest.

‘She’s a big girl and a super-middleweight, I think, so I would get down to 17. from 20. and she could get up from 12. or something and make a fight across genders … I mean it seriously.’

Asked if bureaucracy around a proposed meeting with Whyte had frustrated him, Fury added: ‘I’m not bothered, I enjoy myself on a daily basis.

‘But I’m going to look forward to that fight with Savannah if Usyk and Joshua don’t happen.

‘I’ve always said I’m only interested in two matches – Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.

‘Other than that, I’m not interested.

“But I would be open to fighting Savannah Marshall – the challenge is out there, Savannah. Take it up.”

Marshall, who is coached by Fury’s uncle Peter, is in action again later this month with a huge battle against American star Claressa Shields expected to follow next time.

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