Tyson Fury has rubbished Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight record, stating that he has never fought one opponent during the prime of their career.
The Gypsy King was due to meet Joshua in an undisputed clash this year, before an arbitrator ruled that he had to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight.
Joshua is also set to fight former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.
Throughout his career, Joshua has picked up big victories over the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev, and Joseph Parker.
During an interview with former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, Fury was asked why boxing misses out on big fights such as the Gypsy King against Joshua. Fury said on Neville’s The Overlap show: ‘I do think that the best boxers do fight each other eventually, but it’s not gonna happen when everyone calls for it. It only happens when, say, one boxer’s on the slide and one’s in his prime. Then you get them wanting to fight each other.
‘But you very rarely get two prime fighters fight each other. Because one of them is always a bit wary that they’re gonna lose.’ Speaking about Joshua’s record he added:’ Anthony Joshua’s fought not one heavyweight in his prime. They’re all former good men, back in the early 2000s, late 2000s, but not in 2020-odd. They were good men 10 years ago.’ Fury recently revealed his dream next five fights, which included a Joshua double-header, after defeating Wilder and then Dillian Whyte in December. Now, the Gispsy King does not think a fight between the pair will ever take place, insisting Joshua and his team knew all about the arbitration case.
‘I was never optimistic about AJ happening,’ Fury said. ‘This was always going on in the background and they knew all that. ‘Eddie Hearn knew it, Joshua knew it – they all knew it. All of a sudden, it’s my fault because I’m a s***house, please.’ He continued: ‘I don’t think the fight will happen. We’ve been trying to do this fight since we were 22 years old and I’m now 33.’