Tyson Fury is no longer showing great optimism for a clash with Anthony Joshua.
For weeks, Matchroom Boxing director Eddie Hearn has said that a bout between Fury and Joshua is close. In fact, Hearn has even claimed that some small details are the only thing keeping the undisputed heavyweight title fight from being official.
It turns out things may not be as rosy as they appear. Speaking to ESPN, Fury expressed his belief that a clash with Joshua isn’t as likely as Hearn is making it seem (via Michael Benson).
“I’m not optimistic about it. I don’t think Anthony Joshua wants the fight anyway because he knows he’s gonna lose. He likes the fact that he’s a professional boxer and, after I get finished with him, he won’t be one anymore.”
Fury went on to say that he’s prepared to move on from Joshua if “AJ” isn’t available.
“If that fight doesn’t happen this summer, it’s got to happen sooner or later. But Top Rank has to give me two fights this year. I will fight two times on [Top Rank network partner] ESPN. I don’t care who it is. If it’s not Joshua, we’re looking to fight in April or early May, and the end of the year. If it is Joshua, then June and the end of the year. Bang, bang. So, 2021 is looking bright.”