Joshua: I Want Tyson Fury At His Best
While Deontay Wilder is preparing to fight Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua doesn’t see a reason in fighting the former world champion when the “Gypsy King” is not in peak condition.
Wilder and Joshua were aiming to face one another this year, but due to protracted and very public negotiations, Joshua would end up signing to face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin this Saturday at Wembley Stadium.
Joshua taking Povetkin would leave Wilder in the lurch, and then turn his aim towards a major opponent in Fury, but Joshua believes that its not time for Fury to fight for a world championship.
Joshua told Sky Sports: “That’s why I wouldn’t fight Fury now, because I want Fury at his best, so there is no claim to say that I took him out when he was…
“You know, for me I’ve only said that I would fight Fury at his best. I said let him get over his issues, let him come back and get fit again. But if he thinks he’s ready, he’s ready.
“But me being a fighter, I think that you need learning fights after a three-year lay-off.
“Good luck to Wilder, good luck to Fury,” he said. “It’s taken them a long time to actually have meaningful fights.
“As I said, they have been professional nine going on 10 years, and they are finally having a fight, because I think they realize that from myself, they have looked across the other side of the pond and said ‘well this young kid has come up, been in meaningful fights, and he’s gaining the respect of the boxing public, maybe we need to do the same.’
“Wilder just fought Ortiz – that was a close scrape – and Fury three years ago was the one to fight Wladimir Klitschko. It took a long time and now they are finally fighting each other.
“Whoever wins out of Wilder and Fury will now come and fight me, god willing I beat Alexander Povetkin,” Wilder told Sky. “They realize you have to fight stiff competition in order to put your name in a position to fight the toughest challengers out there.
“I just think without my name in it, them guys wouldn’t have fought each other.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports