Anthony Joshua Takes the High Road with Fury!
While conducting a recent interview, the newly crowned WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) publicly belittled unified champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KO’s). Despite the fact that Joshua is the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion, Fury insisted he was a chinny, heartless fighter who he would easily knockout.
Many would like this see this all UK mega-fight to establish one undisputed heavyweight champion. Nevertheless, each man has to get passed previously set obligations first. So since they cannot settle their beef in the ring, numerous fight fans were hoping the two could duke it out in the press for a while.
Yet, the overtly well-mannered Joshua was not willing to sling mud.
THE HIGH ROAD
After getting wind of Fury’s comments Joshua was quick to issue a response in a recent interview with the Sun. As many do, AJ lavished the Gypsy King in praise for his efforts in spreading awareness on mental health issues. Joshua also acknowledged that Fury trash talks him all the time and at this point it’s really no big deal to him.
Taking no heartfelt offense to his words, Joshua merely reiterated his desire to face his UK antagonist in ring. Although some might find it odd, or glaring, that AJ did not address the Gypsy King’s claims that he’s been ducking him for years. This could have been clarified in a classy manner as well, rather than being completely glossed over.
“He says things about me all the time. There is so much back and forth, but Tyson Fury is only relevant the day me and him sign a contract to fight. The day he and I are going to fight is the only time really that I should be talking about Tyson Fury and I don’t really want to be in that position where I am talking him down.
“He says a lot of controversial things. I just think he gets away with a lot.”
UNTIL THAT DAY
This is not a new stance or a shift in demeanor for Joshua. Outside of becoming flustered and barking at Jerrell “Big Baby” Miller (23-0-1, 20 KO’s), AJ has more or less maintained a very polite and tranquil persona throughout his whole career. So in all actuality, it should come as little surprise that he is not willing to throw any verbal rocks at Fury. Instead, he chooses to remain all about business.
“But all the ‘jumping on him like the little fat boy did’ stuff, that is all irrelevant. He is a great person and he has done great things in boxing, but until the day we fight that is where it ends and I don’t have anything else to say about him.
“I really want the belt he holds and that is where I stand.”
By: Bakari Simpson