Tyson Fury: ‘AJ will be my easiest fight’
As the boxing world awaits the outcome of Tyson Fury’s U.K. anti-doping hearing, the controversial Englishman continues to chant from the rooftops that he’s back and still the best.
It has been almost 18 months since Fury outpointed Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany, to claim THE RING, IBF, WBA and WBO titles. Since then, he has lost his way through inactivity, drug allegations and mental health issues.
Fury has also vacated or been stripped of most of his title belts and countryman Anthony Joshua is in the process of picking them up.
Joshua, who is rated No. 1 by THE RING at heavyweight, added the WBA belt to his IBF title on April 29 with a sensational 11th-round stoppage of Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in London.
Fury, who still holds THE RING championship, remains unimpressed and his verbal jabs remained as cutting as ever when interviewed by Steve Bunce for BBC 5 Live Sport. “I always said Wladimir (Klitschko) would be my easiest fight but now I’m changing the goal posts. AJ will be my easiest fight,” he said.
“Let me tell you what (Joshua) is. He’s a big man with a puncher’s chance. That is it. He’s got no footwork, no speed and no stamina.”
If the U.K.A.D. hearing goes in Fury’s favor and the British Boxing Board of Control grant him a license, the plan is for the colossal 28-year-old to fight in London on July 8.
Fury (25-0, 18 knockouts) would then target Joshua, who he feels is made to order.
“When he gets hit he doesn’t recover for another three rounds,” said Fury. “He’s what you call a boxer’s dream and me being 6-foot-9 and a switch-hitter, counter-puncher, I will box rings around him.
“We’re in the business of sweet science and sweet science does not consist of a body beautiful, iron-pumping, big fella who knocks people over. That ain’t sweet science.
“Sweet science is feinting, jabbing, moving, gliding around the ring for 12 rounds. Slipping and sliding, riding shots. Hitting them and not getting hit back.”
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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