Fury Calls Joshua A Fraud And A Con
While he still is on the outside looking in at a heavyweight division primed for unification, Tyson Fury took to Twitter to antagonize Anthony Joshua on Friday.
The former heavyweight champion called Joshua “a fraud” and focused on Joshua’s 2017 fight against Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 in London. Fury attacked Joshua for “struggling” against Klitschko in the fight, where Klitschko dropped Joshua prior to Joshua coming back to defeat the Ukranian star.
The 29-year-old Fury, who is set to come back after depression and drug addiction forced him to give up his heavyweight titles in 2016, stated earlier this week that he is willing to fight Joshua in his first fight back.
Joshua is headed toward a title unification fight against WBO champion Joseph Parker either late in March or early in April. An official announcement of the Joshua-Parker fight is expected soon as the financial situation has been straightened out.
Fury wants to challenge Joshua in his following fight, assuming the heavily favored IBF, IBO and WBA champ beats New Zealand’s Parker.
Fury wrote to Joshua on Friday, stating
“Don’t be fooled by this fraud @anthonyfjoshua trying to con the boxing fans, he struggled with a 41yo man in Wladimir after I schooled him! Then made hard work of takam who took fight on 11 days notice, I’m the real Don of the heavyweights if only he had the heart to fight me?”
Fury hasn’t fought since scoring an upset against Klitschko in November 2015. The 6-feet-9, 260-pound “gypsy king” out-boxed the 6-feet-6, 245-pound Klitschko during their 12-round championship match in Dusseldorf, Germany, to become the first fighter in 11½ years to beat the hard-hitting, long-reigning Ukrainian.
Their rematch was postponed, rescheduled and later canceled altogether due to Fury’s aforementioned struggles. Fury’s return was approved last month by the British Boxing Board of Control.
The outspoken ex-champion has been training for months to shed all the weight he gained during his time away from boxing.
Fury’s absence enabled Joshua to fight Klitschko in an unforgettable, back-and-forth slugfest Joshua won by 11th-round technical knockout before a crowd of roughly 90,000 at Wembley Stadium eight months ago.