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‘I don’t think he’s quite at Conor McGregor’s level yet’ – Drew McIntyre isn’t buying Tyson Fury’s retirement and still hopes for WWE showdown with Gypsy King

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Tyson Fury is set to defend his title against Dillian Whyte, but WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre is still hoping The Gypsy King will return to wrestling for another all-British showdown.

Fury, 33, said he was retiring from boxing after his Saturday night fight at Wembley Stadium, but few in the boxing world believe the WBC heavyweight champion.

Fury and Whyte finally squared off ahead of their fight at Wembley on Wednesday
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McGregor often used retirement as leverage to negotiate with the UFC
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Tommy Fury and Joseph Parker have said they believe in the boxer’s claim, but while there will be lucrative fights with Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, it will be difficult for Fury to pull away in his prime.

McIntyre, a man who was scheduled to face Fury at a WWE UK PPV in 2020 before the pandemic hit, also believes Fury isn’t done.

“Hasn’t he already said that?” I don’t think he’s quite at Conor McGregor level yet with the boy who screamed retirement, but I’m not buying him,” he joked.

“If the right situation presents itself, the right figure presents itself, I think he will come back to the ring.

“But when it comes to a WWE run, I’d be curious. The ball is in his court if he wants to do something. If it was a match, maybe he’d like it? J saw the last time he had his match that he clearly enjoyed being in the company and had a passion for WWE.

“I think guys like him are best served as an attraction that fans can be excited to see again, but at the same time, maybe he’s doing a great job in the ring?

'I don't think he's quite at Conor McGregor's level yet' - Drew McIntyre isn't buying Tyson Fury's retirement and still hopes for WWE showdown with Gypsy King
Fury vs McIntyre was WWE’s original plan for a UK PPV in 2020 and the Scot chooses Fury

“Maybe he does a great job on the microphone and we could legitimately kick him out, but I guess time will tell.”

McIntyre’s McGregor reference refers to the Irishman who walked away from the UFC three times in his illustrious career and yet he keeps coming back.

The Scotsman also thinks Fury will beat Whyte this weekend and says the world of professional wrestling has done a lot to influence The Gypsy King character.

“I predict a 100% win,” McIntyre said confidently.

“As for getting to know the man, since we started going back and forth online, I’d like to get to know him a little better.

“Whenever he shows up at our events, he always ducks me. He’s the greatest ninja in the world.

“Six foot nine, I don’t know how he manages to elude me all day, but before that, before we had our beef, I was around him before the Braun Strowman game and I could see how good he had to put on a performance.

'I don't think he's quite at Conor McGregor's level yet' - Drew McIntyre isn't buying Tyson Fury's retirement and still hopes for WWE showdown with Gypsy King
Braun Strowman and Fury faced off in WWE at Crown Jewel in 2019
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“To see the respect he has for our industry and clearly draw inspiration from that when you look at his entertainment value.

“The persona he puts into his boxing world is clearly inspired by wrestling. I’m very happy when he comes, but the last few years he’s been dodging old Drew McIntyre,” he added with a wry smile. .

Fury and Whyte draw 94,000 fans to Wembley for their title showdown and WWE are set to sell the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales in September for the first WWE UK pay-per-view in 30 years.

Be sure to grab the chance to pre-register for tickets to WWE’s first UK stadium show in three decades here.

Will Fury be there as originally planned? The ball is in his court, McIntyre said.

'I don't think he's quite at Conor McGregor's level yet' - Drew McIntyre isn't buying Tyson Fury's retirement and still hopes for WWE showdown with Gypsy King
McIntyre would still like to see Fury at WWE UK PPV
'I don't think he's quite at Conor McGregor's level yet' - Drew McIntyre isn't buying Tyson Fury's retirement and still hopes for WWE showdown with Gypsy King
McIntyre says Fury better win against Whyte or he shouldn’t bother coming to WWE
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” The ball is in his court. I think he knows our number. We’ve been talking for a few years now,” McIntyre revealed.

“I have other business to attend to with this great British spectacle. I’m chasing world titles and Roman Reigns has them both right now, so that’s where I am right now.

“If he wants to make a phone call maybe he can distract me for a second because there’s something 100 per cent, but at the same time don’t ruin this fight.

“He is the greatest fighter, the best fighter. He’s a cardio machine, he’s proven he can take a hit against Wilder, he’s Whyte’s best hope in this fight. Otherwise, don’t bother calling me if you’re wrong.

Final tickets for WWE Live in Newcastle on Thursday April 28 and in London on Friday April 29 available HERE

talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the huge world heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, with our coverage starting at 7.30pm and featuring expert analysis from Ben Davison’s ringside

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