Tyson Fury Sounds Off on a Potential Fight Against Anthony Joshua- “He Contradicts Himself”

Published 10/05/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates after knocking down Deontay Wilder 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)


An all-English super fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua was one of the most alluring features in the boxing world a few weeks back. However, the idea doesn’t seem to be relevant any longer. Following Joshua’s second professional loss to Oleksandr Usyk on September 25, he now needs to regain the titles before targeting the Fury bout.

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Although Anthony Joshua has desired to face Fury or Wilder even without the belts, ‘The Gypsy King’ may not like the idea. Ahead of his WBC title defense against Deontay Wilder on October 9, Fury sat with Michelle Joy Phelps of Behind The Gloves and shed views on several things. The potential fight between him and Joshua was one of them.

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Tyson Fury said, “This is coming from a guy who’s got no belts now. Before it was, ‘I don’t care who the fighter is, it’s all about the belts and undisputed.’ He contradicts himself quite a bit.” (H/T:- Michael Benson)

The heavyweight division is on the brink of a massive transition now. Oleksandr Usyk is the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO champion of the world. Meanwhile, Fury vs Wilder 3 will settle the WBC heavyweight champion. Following this, Anthony Joshua will look for a rematch against Usyk.

Even if he gets his way through the Ukrainian star, there will be a bunch of mandatory challengers jumping in. Joe Joyce is targeting the WBO belt and seems one-win away from earning his shot.

Besides, Dillian Whyte has been the WBC mandatory for a long time. And can possibly face the winner of Fury vs Wilder 3. Thus Fury-Joshua bout seems a fantasy at this point.

How far is Tyson Fury standing from Anthony Joshua?

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In reality, several scenarios can hamper the potential fight. But if Anthony Joshua regains his belts against Usyk, it will bring him back to the title picture. Thus, he can re-target the fight against Tyson Fury. Despite suffering a setback in his career, ‘AJ’ is still a top-tier contender.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Moreover, his fight against Tyson Fury will be a massive fight not just in the UK but all over the world. All these factors cite some lifeline to the heavyweight blockbuster. Nevertheless, Anthony Joshua shall win back his lost stardom. And only then, he can look for the bigger goals in his career.

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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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