Tyson Fury calls out Anthony Joshua
Enigmatic heavyweight Tyson Fury has already started beating the drum for an all-British superfight with IBF and WBA titleholder Anthony Joshua.
Fury, THE RING heavyweight champion, easily outpointed Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 but has not fought since. On Saturday, he watched Joshua get off the floor to stop the legendary Ukrainian in the 11th-round of one of the best heavyweight fights seen in years.
“It was an excellent fight, very entertaining and enjoyable and I was screaming for AJ to smash him,” said Fury in an interview with Sky Sports’ Tim Hobbs.
“He showed a lot in that fight. He showed he can get dropped and come back, which is what champions are made of. He showed he can recover from taking big shots.
Fury continued, “There’s only one fight out there, the biggest fight in the world and everyone knows that. It is the heavyweights, it is me and AJ, no one else.
Next week, Fury will attend a hearing with the British Boxing Board of Control to see if he can obtain a license to box. The 28-year-old will be required to address doping and mental health issues.
Still, the Manchester man remains confident that a superfight with Joshua will transpire in the near-future.
“It is a total clash of styles, a total clash of personalities, the complete opposites,” said Fury. “Styles do make fights but I am sure I can beat AJ with one arm tied behind my back.
“I would just like to congratulate AJ for getting through the nip-and-tuck, life-and-death situation, against an old man, so well done. But let’s face it, I am the man, the number one in the division.
“AJ did really well but I am not 41 or getting old. He is just a pumped-up weightlifter.”
After losing to Joshua, Klitschko confirmed after there is a rematch clause in the contract which he may exercise. Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz is also the No. 1 challenger for Joshua’s WBA title.
Will Fury be able to leap frog his contemporaries? Time will tell.
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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