Fury: I’ll Beat Joshua With One Hand!
After beating Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight for the ages, Anthony Joshua issued a callout to Klitschko’s last opponent and former champion Tyson Fury. Unsurprisingly, "The Gypsy King" wasted no time in responding with his thoughts on Joshua’s performance.
"It was an excellent fight, very entertaining and enjoyable and I was screaming for AJ to smash him," Fury told Sky Sports. "I wonder what people would be saying today if Klitschko had done him in the sixth. I was screaming, pulling my hair out – or what little hair I’ve got left – because I was worried it would cost us millions!
"He showed a lot in that fight. He showed he can get dropped and come back, which is what champions are made of. He showed he can recover from taking big shots. There’s only one fight out there, the biggest fight in the world and everyone knows that. It is the heavyweights, it is me and AJ, no one else. It is the only one the world wants to see and I am here, I am the lineal champion, I am still number one in the world and everybody knows that."
When Fury upset Klitschko in 2015, he did so in a very different type of fight. The 12-round bout was slow and without much meaningful action, with Fury utilizing his movement to confuse and frustrate Klitschko on the way to winning a decision. Fury, who hasn’t fought since then due to his highly-publicized struggles with emotional issues and substance abuse, wants to face Joshua in his return bout and prove that he still deserves to be called the heavyweight champion of the world.
"We all saw [his career] had a life and death situation against Klitschko, but Klitschko couldn’t land a glove on me. Styles do make fights but I am sure I can beat AJ with one arm tied behind my back. I don’t even need a warm-up if he wants this. I have been out of the ring as long as Klitschko but the difference is, I am not 41, I am 28," Fury said.
"AJ did really well to come back but I am not 41 or getting old. He is just a pumped-up weightlifter but [Klitschko] couldn’t land one of those of those hooks on me, at all. It is a total clash of styles, a total clash of personalities, the complete opposites. Joshua climbed off the canvas in the sixth round at Wembley Stadium I would just like to congratulate AJ for getting through the nip-and-tuck, life-and-death situation, against an old man, so well done. But let’s face it, I am the man, the number one in the division. There can only ever be one heavyweight, especially in our part of the world, and it’s me. It definitely isn’t a pumped-up heavyweight, I can tell you that."