RICKY HATTON wants Tyson Fury to retire and forget about fighting Anthony Joshua.
‘Hitman’ Hatton reckons the Gypsy King has nothing to prove to anyone and and has ‘done his job’.
Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of their recent trilogy match.
But he had his hopes of a mammoth Battle of Britain clash with Anthony Joshua dashed when AJ lost to Oleksandr Usyk.
But Hatton reckons Fury, 33, needs to forget about that now and start thinking about calling it a day.
He told the Mail: “Tyson’s proved himself. He’s had that trilogy with Wilder, he beat [Wladamir] Klitschko.
“Tyson’s not like AJ; he’s suffered from depression, drinks and drugs and all he now wants is the defining fights and to get out the game.
“Let’s have it right, if Tyson wants to retire he’s got nothing more to prove.
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“The only thing that Tyson wants to know in his own mind, just like AJ does, is who the best out of he and AJ is.
“But Tyson can’t wait another two years while he fights him and he fights him, he’ll want to be in and out now.
“He deserves it as well. I’m sure his wife Paris doesn’t want to see him stood there getting knocked on his a*** every five minutes.
“Tyson’s done his job now as far as I’m concerned.
“It’s a shame if the AJ fight doesn’t happen, and if it does it has to happen quickly, because Tyson’s ready for hanging up his gloves now.
“As his friend, I want him to hang them up – he’s got nothing left to prove.”
Usyk’s unanimous points decision put the mouthwatering prospect of Fury vs AJ on hold AGAIN.
‘FORGET THE AJ FIGHT’
The Gypsy King’s promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum have told Joshua to stand aside to allow Fury to fight Usyk to become undisputed.
But Eddie Hearn quickly laughed that off and said AJ and Usyk will meet again early next year.
And Hatton thinks Fury should banish thoughts of the AJ fight from his mind.
He added: “He’s got to forget the AJ fight, it might not happen.
“He’s got to get the undisputed, get all the belts and retire very proud of where he’s come from.
“He was at the bottom of the ladder a few years ago, and to be an undefeated undisputed champion, he can hold his head up high for me.”
Fury has battled with personal demons in his time and his comeback from the depths of despair to become world champion makes the Gypsy King one of the top five heavyweights of all time, according to Hatton.
He added: “Everyone has a different view [on their top heavyweights throughout history].
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“Muhammad Ali will forever be the greatest – in everyone’s mind – for reasons other than boxing.
“Some would mention Lennox Lewis, while others would say Tyson might have been a bit too tricky.
“Would it be unfair of me to say he’s got to be around the top five? I would definitely say that.”