Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are continuing to throw jabs at one another.
Joshua (24-1) is coming off a knockout victory over Kubrat Pulev on Dec. 12. Following the win, “AJ” didn’t directly callout Fury (30-0-1) and now Fury believes Joshua is afraid to fight him.
“I don’t think he’s as good as people crack him up to be, or he doesn’t believe he is, in his own self,” Fury said in an interview with Fox Miami. “He’s got a confidence issue. He’s coming off two shaky performances. Boxing is all about who is in form and who isn’t. On his last two fights he’s not in form, on mine I am. Momentum is with me and I just believe I take him out early, very early. Maybe even one round, two rounds.”
Joshua has since warmed up to calling out Fury. Right before Christmas, Joshua told reporters that he’s ready to fight Fury and become the unified heavyweight champion.
“I was hungry then and I’m even hungrier now,” Joshua said. “There was a Rolex [watch at stake] but now there is an even bigger pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. I want to take his head off his shoulders when that fight happens. I’m sure that I’ll win.”
Fury is aware of Joshua’s more recent comments, but he’s still not buying what Joshua is selling.
“It’s a nice quote. It doesn’t mean anything,” insists Fury. “It’s sticks and stones. People say a lot of stuff and they don’t back it up, so we’ll see. I’ve never seen him take anybody’s head off anybody’s shoulders in all of his 22 fights. Probably a lie. Another lie.”
Boxing fans are begging to see the two juggernauts finally square off and there have been rumors that the super fight is in the near future. A few months ago, Promoter Eddie Hearn said that the two “have agreed to the basics” of a deal to fight twice in 2021.
Both fighters are hoping to end the chatter and settle things in the ring by next summer, but nothing is set in stone.
Joshua suffered his lone loss in a shocking upset to Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019. He rebounded by beating Ruiz in a rematch to reclaim his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles. His win over Pulev was his only fight of 2020.
Fury took the WBC belt off of Deontay Wilder in February 2020 when he Wilder’s corner threw in the towel following the seventh round of their contest. The two previously fought to a draw in 2018.