Fury hits back, says Joshua has ‘confidence issue’

Tyson Fury hit back at Anthony Joshua as the trash talk intensifies ahead of their potential summer clash, saying AJ has ‘a confidence issue’.

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.”

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.