Anthony Joshua: Tyson Fury’s father John backs ‘brilliant athlete’ to avenge Oleksandr Usyk defeat

John Fury tips Anthony Joshua to ‘bounce back’ and avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in a pivotal heavyweight rematch… while admitting son Tyson’s rival is a ‘brilliant athlete’ who can’t stand it the money does

  • Anthony Joshua suffered second loss of his career to Oleksandr Usyk
  • The Brit has exercised his contractual right to an immediate rematch
  • Tyson Fury’s Dad John Believes He Has What It Takes To Beat Usyk Next Year
  • This would allow Joshua to regain his three world heavyweight titles


Anthony Joshua is a ‘brilliant athlete’ who has what it takes to ‘bounce back’ next year and avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, says John Fury.

Joshua, 32, was definitively defeated by Usyk when they collided for the first time at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September, losing his three world heavyweight titles by unanimous decision after failing to close in 12 rounds. to get to the Ukrainian.

Two weeks after the defeat, AJ chose to activate his immediate rematch clause, but he recently flirted with the option of setting aside money to have Usyk and WBC holder Tyson Fury vie for heavyweight supremacy instead.

John Fury believes Anthony Joshua has what it takes to hit back against Oleksandr Usyk

Nevertheless, on Tuesday the WBC put an end to all immediate rumors of an undisputed clash between Fury and Usyk by instructing their champion to take down next challenger Dillian Whyte.

Joshua is therefore set to face Usyk for a second time next year, and he can afford little further defeat if he has ambitions to reach the heavyweight top again.

But Fury Sr, the father of AJ’s rival Tyson, backs the Briton to right the wrong next time.

Joshua was beaten by Usyk via unanimous decision when they first met in September

Joshua was beaten by Usyk via unanimous decision when they first met in September

The Briton has already activated his rematch clause meaning he will meet Usyk again next year

The Briton has already activated his rematch clause meaning he will meet Usyk again next year

“It’s business boxing and I really believe AJ wants to fight Usyk, that’s why he asked for £40 million (broadcast). I’d be asking for £70m so good luck AJ,” he said iFL TV.

“But I do believe that AJ wants to avenge his loss and he can bounce back, he’s proven that. In AJ’s case, it’s not about the money now, it’s more of a pride thing with him.

‘I don’t blame the boy, I’ve had many good nights with him. He’s a brilliant athlete, let’s not kick a man when he’s down, because he’s better than that.”

Joshua’s longtime promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealed that his husband warned him to only make a surrender offer if it was too good to decline.

Fury Sr has branded AJ a 'brilliant athlete' and tipped him to come out on top in the rematch

Fury Sr has called AJ a ‘brilliant athlete’ and tipped him to come out on top in the rematch

“He just wants to fight Oleksandr Usyk, and he trusts me,” he said.

“If there is any kind of plan it will be a great financial package and most importantly it will give him more time to get used to a new coach and have a huge fight later in the year for a huge amount of money and I think that that’s good for his career then I should let him know.

“But he said, ‘Let me warn you, if you do that, you will be threatened yourself because I don’t want to do it.'”

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