Tyson Fury lashes out at heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua’s professional record, saying he has fought ‘former good men’ and none of his wins were against anyone in their ‘prime’
- Tyson Fury has shot at rival Anthony Joshua’s professional record
- Joshua has won big over the likes of Wladimir Klitschko
- However, Fury says Joshua didn’t beat a single opponent during their ‘prime’
Tyson Fury has fired a shot at heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua, stating that he has never fought a single opponent during the prime of their careers.
The Gypsy King was set to face Joshua in an uncontested showdown this year, before an arbitrator ruled he should take on Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight.
Joshua, meanwhile, will take on former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.
Tyson Fury lashes out at Anthony Joshua, says he’s never fought anyone in their ‘prime’
Throughout his career, Joshua has won major victories over the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev and Joseph Parker.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville asked Fury why boxing misses big fights like the Gypsy King against Joshua.
Fury said on Neville’s the overlap show: “I do think that the best boxers eventually fight each other, but it’s not going to happen if everyone asks.
Joshua has had some big wins in his career over the likes of Wladimir Klitschko
A fight with Joshua fell through with Fury to fight Deontay Wilder and Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk
“It only happens when, say, one boxer is on the slide and one is in his best shape. Then you get that they want to fight each other.
“But you rarely get two top fighters fighting each other. Because one of them is always a little wary of losing.’
Speaking about Joshua’s record, he added: “Anthony Joshua didn’t fight one heavyweight in his prime.
“They’re all former good men, in the early 2000s, late 2000s, but not in 2020. They were good men 10 years ago.”
The clash between Fury and Joshua has now been further questioned, with the pair having to overcome their respective hurdles against Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury told Gary Neville Joshua has fought ‘former good men’ throughout his career
Fury recently revealed his dream for the next five fights, including a Joshua double-header, after beating Wilder and then Dillian Whyte in December.
However, Fury insists he doesn’t think there will ever be a fight between the pair, and insists Joshua and his team knew all about the arbitration case.
“I was never optimistic about AJ’s happening,” Fury said. “This always happened in the background and they all knew it.
‘Eddie Hearn knew it, Joshua knew it – they all knew it. Suddenly it’s my fault, because I’m as***house, please.’
He continued: ‘I don’t think the fight will take place. We’ve been trying to fight this fight since we were 22 years old and I’m 33 now.”
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