Does Anthony Joshua View Tyson Fury As A Threat?
Anthony Joshua has spoken out on whether or not he sees Tyson Fury as a threat.
Joshua holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles. Fury is the WBC Heavyweight Champion. The two have agreed in principle to a title unification showdown but both men must take care of business first. Joshua is likely to defend his gold against Kubrat Pulev on December 12. Meanwhile, Fury is due for a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder, who plans to exercise his clause for a third bout.
Speaking to GQ Middle East, Joshua chimed in on if he sees anything intimidating about Fury.
“Tyson needs educating. All us athletes do. We often didn’t go far in school, so a lot of our comments and actions aren’t great. But let’s talk about him as a boxer. I don’t find him intimidating and I haven’t seen him do anything in the ring where I think, ‘This guy is going to be a massive threat.’ He’s talented and he’s awkward, and that’s often enough to get you quite far in life.”
Joshua is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr. It was a pivotal win for AJ as he avenged his June 1, 2019 loss to Ruiz. In the process, Joshua regained all of his gold.
Fury’s last bout saw him hand Deontay Wilder the first loss of his pro boxing career. Fury was able to floor “The Bronze Bomber” and eventually scored the seventh-round TKO victory. Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.
Besides the outcomes of the next bouts for Joshua and Fury, there was concern that the interim WBC title situation would cause a holdup in making the dream fight a reality. That no longer became an issue after previous interim title holder Dillian Whyte was stopped by Alexander Povetkin. While Whyte had a mandate for the next title shot, Povetkin does not.