‘Fury Is an Octopus’ – Manny Pacquiao’s Coach Explains Why Tyson Fury Will Beat Anthony Joshua

Published 02/06/2021, 6:10 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Justin Fortune, the trainer of legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao, has weighed in on the Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua fight. The outspoken coach, who has a reputation for being brutally honest, gave an interesting analogy of the fight.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Fury-Joshua fight is the most talked about event in boxing in recent weeks. And with the recent news, we now know just how close the bout is. With everyone giving their predictions for the fight, Fortune has had his say.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Speaking to World Boxing News, he gave his views about the event. When asked who he thought would win, he said, “Fury. Joshua is tall. Fury is taller, and he is much more experienced. Fury is an octopus, and he will talk s— in your ear for twelve rounds. And Fury’s got a better chin than Joshua.”

With his octopus’ analogy, Pacquiao’s trainer referenced Fury’s unorthodox rangy boxing style. At 6’9” ‘The Gypsy King’ often uses his superior height to outbox his opponents. The greatest example of this was his fight against Wladimir Klitschko. Fortune feels it will be the same case when he takes on his compatriot.

READ: How Much Did Jake Paul Make From His Boxing Career?

Justin Fortune questions Anthony Joshua’s chin ahead of the Tyson Fury fight

The trainer of the Filipino boxer also referenced Fury’s fight against Deontay Wilder when he got dropped by the ‘Bronze Bomber’. Fury got up despite many counting him out. Fortune thinks this will also be the difference between the two.

“He got up from Deontay Wilder’s devastating right hand. Dawejko dropped Joshua. Fury survived Deontay Wilder, Dawejko dropped Joshua,” said Fortune.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Despite this prediction from Pacquiao’s coach, Fury has other ideas. The undefeated champion has repeatedly said he plans to walk ‘AJ’ down and land blows to knock him out. However, that could play into the hands of the Londoner.

Therefore, predictions for the fight will differ based on the approach that people expect Fury to take. However, ‘The Gypsy King’ still goes into the fight as the favorite.

What do you make of these comments from Justin Fortune? Do you think Tyson Fury’s awkward style will be the defining factor?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

READ: Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua Training Comparison: Who Has the Better Technique?

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Leonardo Carvalho

1016 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT