Joshua Admits He Wants Fury Over Wilder
Looking at February’s battle for the WBC world heavyweight championship, Anthony Joshua as made his prediction on who will win between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
“I think Tyson Fury would fight me quicker than Wilder would. If that’s the case, I want Fury to win, because I just want to fight,” Joshua said. “To have that fight here on British soil? Man, can you imagine that?”
In his first interview since returning to the United Kingdom since defeating Andy Ruiz Jr, Joshua offered his own services to help Fury prepare to face Wilder inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“Honestly, I think [Fury] might beat Deontay Wilder next time they’re out. That’s just my opinion,” Joshua said.
“Fury, if you need me for sparring, we’re going to fight one day, I’ve sparred Tyson Fury when we were kids anyway. I would go out to America and spar Tyson Fury and get him ready for this Wilder fight.
“I would like that fight, because I think Fury would fight me faster than Wilder would.”
“I used to listen to a lot of motivational videos and they would say ‘you have to go through the pain, sometimes you are going to fail’,” Joshua said on what helped him deal with his first career loss back in June against Ruiz inside Madison Square Garden. “When I was winning, I’d think, they don’t talk about me, I’m a winner. But when it happened I had to accept it and understand it.
“If I want to win every fight in life, you don’t step into the ring. Sometimes you do get beat. Sometimes you are going to get punched in the face, punched in the ribs, punched in the finances, punched in your relationships, but you have to battle through and make things better.
“That’s what December 7 was about. We need more resilient people. [When people said] I’ll retire if you lose the next one, I thought that’s not showing resilience. We are a resilient species. I want to come back, evolve from that situation and become better. I showed strength in my team, strength in my character and strength in the school of boxing that I come from.”
“All I was hearing was ‘if he loses, he should retire’, ‘he is not built for boxing any more’, ‘he is a hype job’, ‘he can’t go the distance’. And I took it all in,” said Joshua of the lead up to his December 7th rematch against Ruiz in Saudi Arabia. “I had to understand that the same way I was built up is the same way I can be taken down. I understood the parallels. I used [the voices] to my advantage because I feel people who can criticize you only want you to see you do better because they’ll point out every flaw in your game.
“December 7, I won, but it is the start of a change in my boxing style and boxing IQ. I had to make some real adjustments in a short space of time and December 7 was a trial and error period. I think I beat Andy 12 rounds out of 12.
“It will nice to do another 4-5 months of training and see how I develop going in to my next fight.”
Initial report: Sky Sports