Anthony Joshua Warns Tyson Fury: “Expect a Flogging”

Published 03/02/2021, 5:00 AM EST
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua has sent a stern warning to his potential opponent, Tyson Fury. The Englishman revealed his intentions for when the two heavyweights meet in the ring for their highly anticipated bout.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 06: Anthony Joshua laughs during the press conference for Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua 2 ‘Clash on the Dunes’ at the Hilton Syon Park on September 06, 2019 in London, England. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will have a Heavyweight World Title rematch fight on December 7th 2019 in the historical town of Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Joshua and Fury have been close to agreeing on a deal for two months now. However, there is still no official announcement. Despite this, the talk outside the ring has continued, and ‘AJ’ revealed his intentions for the fight.

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The Londoner spoke to JD Sports live on TikTok, a video that has since gone viral. FightHype.com posted the video to YouTube, and it shows Joshua talking about what Fury can expect from the fight. He said,

“Expect a flogging. And if you don’t know what that is, and you’ve got Nigerian friends, ask them, they’ll tell you. They’ll tell you what flogging is, yea.”

This is a change of attitude from Joshua, who in the same interview gave Fury and his team respect for their role in making the fight happen. However, it appears he is not messing about when it comes to his approach to the bout itself.

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This is the only approach that will work for Anthony Joshua

The Englishman revealed his intentions of flogging Fury. However, is it merely trash-talk, or will Joshua actually try to punish the WBC champion repeatedly? The reality is, that is the only approach that could work against the awkward heavyweight.

There is little chance of ‘AJ’ outboxing Fury for 12-rounds. The ‘Gypsy King’ moves like a lightweight and is faster than his compatriot. Therefore, Joshua has his work cut out for him. He needs to keep the pressure on Fury as much as possible.

Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua in action against Kubrat Pulev Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

From Fury’s fights with Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko, we saw that waiting for the chance to hit him with a knockout strike rarely arrives. Moreover, the undefeated champion has a solid chin that can withstand serious power.

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Thus, Joshua will have to try to repeatedly attack Fury and break him down throughout the fight. This could provide the unified champion with his best shot at being the first fighter to beat Tyson Fury.

What do you make of these comments from Anthony Joshua? Do you think he has what it takes to ‘flog’ Tyson Fury?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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