“That’s Not the Performance to Go In Against Tyson Fury”: Anthony Joshua Warned About ‘The Gypsy King’ After Jermaine Franklin Victory

Published 04/02/2023, 1:52 PM EDT

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Anthony Joshua has a huge name in boxing. He has faced a lot of top-level boxers in the heavyweight division including Oleksandr Usyk, Andy Ruiz, etc. He has been very open about his desire to face the ‘Gypsy King’, Tyson Fury, and made it clear even in the post-fight interview after his most recent bout. Fury has been a key motivator and prime opponent for Joshua. Despite his recent defeats against Usyk, he still remains one of the top boxers in the world.

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But after his match against Jermaine Franklin, David Haye, a retired professional boxer is against Joshua’s plans to fight Fury. Haye claimed that he had seen the match and was not very impressed with Joshua’s performance. He went further and warned Joshua to not fight Tyson Fury as his next opponent. He even gave him a suggestion for his potential opponent.

David Haye’s word of caution to Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua has been warned by former heavyweight champion David Haye that he needs to up his game if he wants to go up against Tyson Fury. Haye commented on Joshua’s recent performance against Jermaine Franklin. He stated that it was not good enough to face off against the “Gypsy King.”

Haye suggested that Joshua take on Dillian Whyte next as it would be a high-profile match with lots of pressure. Moreover, both fighters had gone the distance with Franklin. The clash would be a British affair, and Haye liked the idea of a London versus Derby showdown.

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Haye was asked about the Joshua-Fury. Haye stated that Joshua needed to put on a better performance than he did against Franklin before facing Fury. He suggested that a bout between Joshua and Whyte would be the perfect opportunity for Joshua to showcase his skills and prove that he was ready for the likes of Fury.

Haye acknowledged that Fury was already looking to fight Oleksandr Usyk, but he felt that the winner of a Joshua-Whyte matchup would be in a good position to face Fury in the future. \

It is noteworthy that the Usyk-Tyson fight has been called off.

In the words of David Haye, “That’s not the performance to go in against Tyson Fury.” Joshua needs to step up his game if he wants to go head-to-head with the undefeated Fury.

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Anthony Joshua bounces back with a win against Jermaine Franklin

Anthony Joshua is a renowned boxer and one of the biggest names in the sport. Although, the 33-year-old had faced two consecutive losses. He recently emerged victorious against Jermaine Franklin in a 12-round heavyweight bout held at the O2 Arena in London. The fight was intense, with both fighters putting up a great show. However, Joshua was declared the winner by unanimous decision, with judges scoring the fight 118-111, 117-111, and 117-111 in his favor.

During the fight, Joshua showcased his skills and worked under the guidance of his trainer, Derrick James. He utilized his jab effectively, though Franklin did manage to land a blow on Joshua’s nose, causing it to bleed. Nevertheless, Joshua remained calm and was able to land a lion’s share of the punches to win the fight through unanimous decision. However, a decisive knockout punch from Joshua was missing throughout the fight which made a majority of boxing fans unhappy with the British boxer.

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After the fight, Joshua expressed his desire to face his long-time rival Tyson Fury in the future. Fury currently holds the WBC heavyweight belt, and Joshua believes that a match against him would be the ultimate challenge. Despite criticism regarding his performance against Franklin, Joshua remained focused on his goals and is eager to take on Fury in his next fight.

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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English Honors and is a keen follower of Western Boxing. His journey of love for the sport bloomed in his puberty when he first saw a video of the fight where Mike Tyson TKO'ed Donovan in the seventh round.
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