Tyson Fury has branded Anthony Joshua ‘a s***house’ and fears their planned world heavyweight title unification showdown will not happen, according to Carl Froch.
‘The Cobra’ says he received a direct message on Instagram from ‘The Gypsy King’ after posting a picture of Fury and Joshua facing off. In it was Fury’s verdict on Joshua along with his belief that neither AJ or promoter Eddie want any part of him.
Former world super-middleweight champion Froch, speaking on his Froch On Fighting podcast, said: “It was a picture of AJ and Fury facing off, I put it on my story and I put a little ticking clock above it. And I’ve had a message sent to me in my direct inbox from Tyson Fury.
“I’ve known Fury for years, we trained together before my first world title, his debut was actually on my undercard for my world title.
“And he’s put to me, ‘The fight won’t happen, the man’s a s***house. And he and his promoter know I’ll go through him like a hot knife through butter’.”
With former WBC mandatory contender Dillian Whyte no longer an obstacle in the way of a Fury vs Joshua showdown following his stoppage defeat by Alexander Povetkin last weekend, the war of words between the two British heavyweight champions has ramped up noticeably in the last few days.
Joshua, appearing on the popular Sky game show ‘A League Of Their Own’, said he wanted to break Fury’s head and promised to stop him inside six rounds. Fury meanwhile responded to that on social media by claiming he would destroy AJ within a round.
The two fighters have agreed in principle the financial structure of a two-fight deal. The first bout – which is now expected to take place next summer – would see a 50-50 revenue split. The winner would then take a 60-40 share for the rematch.
Both men of course have interim fights to deal with first – Fury a trilogy clash with Deontay Wilder (hopefully on December 19) for the WBC title – while Joshua is set to meet IBF mandatory contender Kubrat Pulev at London’s O2 Arena in December.