Tyson Fury Doesn’t Believe Anthony Joshua Gets Past Mandatories
For WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) his fight options are very lush indeed! On the top of his menu is a third bout with Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s). The two have a contract stipulating they will lock horns next.
In the unlikely scenario that the Bomber accepts step aside money, or cannot compete due to injury, Fury would then face mandatory challenger Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (27-1, 18 KO’s). Outside of the heavy-hitter from Alabama, the biggest prizefight that the Gypsy King could put together is with unified champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua (23-1, 21 KO’s).
Luckily for Fury, the major components of a two-fight contract to face Joshua have already been verbally agreed to. This means the only thing that could spoil this would-be match-up is for either man is to lose in their next outings.
For Fury, he only has to get passed Wilder again. Joshua’s case is a bit more complicated. He has to best IBF mandatory Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (28-1, 14 KO’s) and quite possibly WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KO’s).
As told to IFL TV, the WBC champ does not have a great deal of faith in Joshua making it through the two man gauntlet.
“If it doesn’t happen it’s not because we couldn’t agree to terms on money or anything. It’s because he got knocked out by Oleksandr Usyk or Pulev. Or, I got chinned by Wilder basically.
“So there is quite a few tough hurdles in the road for both of us. Yeah a few hurdles in the road for us, but I am sure that with the right focus and the right mental attitude that we can do the business.
“If it’s supposed to happen, I’m not convinced that it is by any means of the imagination. I never have been convinced. Never, never, never, never have I ever been convinced that I will ever fight Anthony Joshua. I’ve never been convinced!
“How can I be convinced if he’s got to fight Pulev and if he’s got to fight Usyk? How can I be convinced that he’s going to get through those fights without losing? Can you? Nobody can!”
COUNTING UNHATCHED CHICKENS
For these obvious reasons Fury is not fond of making announcements on fights that remain significantly up the street.
“So this is why I hate talking about fights that ain’t really happening or ain’t really existing at the moment. So we’ve already had one scare with the Any Ruiz thing. He nearly blitzed it all and then nearly blitzed it all in the rematch.
“So yeah, anything can happen in heavyweight boxing.”
Unfortunately for those fight fans who want to see the all UK heavyweight showdown, the only thing that can be done now is waiting to see what happens with fingers tightly crossed!
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By: Bakari Simpson