The existing rift between the English boxers is not ending anytime soon.
World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has branded British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua a ‘mug’ after he said Deontay Wilder lacked a game plan in his recent bout with Fury.
The Gypsy King successfully maintained his heavyweight title against Wilder, as the Englishman beat the Bronze Bomber with an 11th round knockout in their third, and most probably final bout.
More than a month from Fury’s outstanding victory, Joshua has given his impression on the fight and infers his fellow Englishman’s win was more down to his opponent’s drawbacks rather than through Fury’s own superiority.
In an interview with JD Sports Roundtable Joshua spoke of how Wilder’s lack of a game plan allowed the Gypsy King to take advantage.
AJ said: “He [Wilder] tried, but to get that power and that ferociousness, you have to have it up here [points to his head].
“Before you have it just here [clenches fists] at that level, you have to have it here [points to his head] as well.’’
Joshua’s quotes were then taken to Twitter by boxing news outlet Boxing Scene, to the disgust of Fury. The Gypsy King quote tweeted the initial post, and replied: “irony of this mug.”
Joshua and Fury have exchanged verbal slams in the past, creating an intense rivalry without ever facing off in the ring.
Boxing fans around the world have eagerly waited for the pair to battle out an all-British bout, which would no doubt go down as one of the country’s biggest fights in recent times.
The eagerly awaited bout came close earlier this year, after the pair agreed to battle it out in Saudi Arabia, however a clause in the contract of Fury’s and Wilder’s agreement ensured the Gypsy King must fight the American first, leading to the collapse of the all-English meet.
Regardless of the fall through many had hoped that Fury vs Joshua was just around the corner. However, after Joshua lost his heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk in September, AJ’s full concentration is on his rematch with the Ukrainian in early 2022.
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