Fury questions Joshua heart, “pretty simple” to beat him

Tyson Fury has questioned the heart of Anthony Joshua and says it will be “pretty simple” to beat him ahead of their planned superfight.

Fury spoke to Max Kellerman of ESPN about ongoing negotiations for the world heavyweight title unification match – and what his gameplan will be if and when it does happen.

The two men signed contracts for a two-fight deal in March and have also now agreed on a venue for their first fight – which has yet to be revealed. Saudi Arabia is the hot favourite with the likely date late July or August.

Fury on Joshua

Fury looked ahead to the prospect and said: “It’s pretty simple – hit him in the face a few times and he’ll fall over. He doesn’t have the biggest heart, he hasn’t got the most resilience and he’s not the hardest to hit. When I land it’s gonna be over quite quickly.”

‘The Gypsy King’ (30-0-1) remains somewhat sceptical the fight against Joshua will even happen given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He also says AJ losing his unbeaten record to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 has taken some of the lustre away from it.

“It was important to me a year or so ago when he was unbeaten, but I seen him get knocked out before, it takes the cherry off the cake. Before the loss against Ruiz, people thought that he had a chance against me.

“Now if you look at all these boxing forums and all the votes and stuff it’s 90% in my favour. I really love challenges, when people don’t think I can win fights, that’s when I rise to the challenge.

It’s real vs fake – Fury

“Anthony Joshua, he’s a British guy, he’s got a few belts, so we’ll make the fight happen and I’ll show you what a real man does to a fake one in the AJ fight.”

Fury is currently in Las Vegas in camp for the planned Joshua fight. He has not fought since destroying Deontay Wilder in their rematch in February 2020. He is clearly concerned about inactivity and desperate to get back in the ring soon.

The WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight king had been due for a trilogy fight with Wilder last year but that fell through after multiple planned dates came and went.