Joshua recently claimed he wanted to knock Fury’s head off his shoulders when they meet in an eagerly-awaited heavyweight title unification match.
But Fury is unimpressed by that bold claim, and doubts whether the Watford behemoth even believes it himself.
Fury on AJ claim: It’s sticks and stones
He told FOX Miami: “Nice. It’s a nice quote. It doesn’t mean anything, it’s sticks and stones. People say a lot of stuff and then they don’t back it up.
“I’ve never seen him take anybody’s head off anybody’s shoulders in all his 22 fights so it’s probably a lie, another lie.
“We’ll see if he’s got the guts to try and do it when I’m stood in the ring in front of him. I don’t believe he has.
“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. He’s got a confidence issue.”
Momentum on my side – Fury
Joshua has claimed two victories since suffering the first defeat of his professional career. Fury though says he has failed to shine in a points defeat of Andy Ruiz Jr and a knockout of Kubrat Pulev.
“He’s coming off of two shaky performances and boxing’s all about ‘in form’ – who’s in form and who isn’t.
“And his last two fights he’s not in form. From mine, I am.
“So the momentum’s with me and I’ll take him out early, very early, maybe even one round, two rounds.”
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) January 2, 2021
Fury and Joshua have of course agreed in principle the financial structure for a two-fight deal. Promoter Eddie Hearn has consistently said the first of those two matches will happen in the middle of this year. Though the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may yet again scupper a major event happening on time.
‘The Gypsy King’ himself has not fought in almost a year since that epic demolition of Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas rematch last February.
His plans for a trilogy fight with Wilder in December were ended by the pandemic, while a planned homecoming bout against Agit Kabayel also bit the dust.