Fury: Joshua is Mediocre, Don’t Write Off Ruiz
While there has never been any negotiation that would have made Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury a possibility, Fury says he could easily handle Joshua, adding that Andy Ruiz Jr. shouldn’t be counted out.
Joshua defends his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles tonight in his U.S. debut, taking on Ruiz at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Fury, meanwhile, returns to the ring in two weeks for the first time since his split draw against WBC champ Deontay Wilder in December. Fury will take on Tom Schwarz in the main event of a Top Rank card in Las Vegas, Nevada — Fury’s first under a co-promotional deal with Top Rank and ESPN he signed this year.
Ruiz was not the originally planned challenger for Joshua, as the unified champ was scheduled to defend against Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller before Miller was not licensed after failing drug tests. Many view Ruiz as a heavy underdog due to his quick turnaround from April, as well as the difference in size and frame when compared to Joshua.
But Fury tells people the Mexican-American boxer shouldn’t be overlooked.
“This is heavyweight boxing. Everybody has a chance against everybody,” Fury said. “He has as good a chance as the next one. Everybody has the same chance because when you are talking chances everybody has a chance to do something or they wouldn’t be here. People may overlook Andy because he has a chubby body and is short but the guy can fight. It won’t be an easy fight. Joshua hasn’t been out of the UK before. Who knows. He may falter a bit under the pressure. We don’t know.”
Fury adds that if he and Joshua were to ever face off, there’s only simple strategy he would need to do to best the current unified heavyweight champ — “punch his face in.”
“He is a bum and a dosser,” Fury said. “I have told you that Joshua is not a great fighter. He is just a mediocre average heavyweight from the ’70s, and if it was in the ’70s, he wouldn’t even be a world champion today. That is what we are saying.
I will back it up and say it to his face. And if he thinks he can even do anything about it, ‘then you gotta come see me, [expletive].’
Original Story: Boxing Scene