“He Didn’t Make a Million Excuses” – Tyson Fury Compares Anthony Joshua to Deontay Wilder

Published 11/13/2020, 5:13 AM EST
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)


Contrasting Deontay Wilder with the unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, ‘The Gypsy King’ has billed the latter as ‘class’. While both the heavyweights have faced defeat in recent times, Joshua and Wilder have reacted differently to it.

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Anthony Joshua lost his unified crown against Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019 but bounced back to win them in a rematch in the same year. Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder hasn’t appeared since his humiliating title loss against Tyson Fury in February. Instead, The Bronze Bomber’ has piled up several justifications to validate the defeat.

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Deontay Wilder is still unready to accept the loss, and he continues to blame different people for it. He has blamed his long time trainer Mark Breland for being a double agent. Then he followed it up with several other excuses like the overweight walkout costume, his water being spiked, and Fury putting on extra weight on his gloves.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury has reacted to it. He connected with Talk Sport to shed light on ‘The Bronze Bomber’s’ accusations.

Talking about it, Fury said, “After seeing all his excuses lately and that he’s still holding on to these malice feelings and opinions that people have cheated him. His trainers have cheated him, I had weights in my gloves, his costume was too heavy, he had a bicep injury, I’ve run out of ideas of what other excuses a man could make in a defeat in boxing.”

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)

He added, “To keep going on like he’s going on is unsportsmanlike and it’s a sure sign of mental health problems. Nobody wants to get beat. Especially after a 12-year unbeaten streak. But there has to be a point where you let a defeat go.

“In sport, teams lose, boxers lose, everyone’s gonna lose now and again. If it’s more than a sporting contest to you and you’re gonna take it to your grave with you, all this hatred and bad feelings, I don’t think you should be doing it.”

Tyson Fury also brings Anthony Joshua in the mix with Deontay Wilder

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When Fury was asked to compare Wilder’s loss with Joshua’s, he paved all his respect towards the latter. Although Fury and Joshua have been long-time rivals. ‘The Gypsy King’ still favors his British contemporary’s reaction to a loss.

Hailing ‘AJ’. Fury said, “Very class. Listen, we’re rivals and we have been for a long time. But I’ve gotta speak truthfully and honestly. You’re a world heavyweight champion, and you take a loss- he handled it like a man. He handled it very sportsmanlike, took it in his stride. He knew he made a mistake, and that was it.

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)

He added, “He didn’t say why, he didn’t make a million excuses. I didn’t hear any excuses from him himself at all, none. He just said, ‘Well done, congratulations, I’ll see you next time. And I would hope that I could conduct myself like that as well if that happened to me.”

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AJ also has a fight against Kubrat Pulev in December. That said, he is one of the most active contenders on the roster. If he beats Pulev next, Joshua can bag a title unification fight against Tyson Fury in 2021.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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