Tyson Fury has rubbished Anthony Joshua's prediction for his trilogy with Deontay Wilder and labelled his heavyweight rivals "idiots".
The 33-year-old will look for his second victory over Wilder in Las Vegas this weekend in his ring return.
And he is supremely confident of doing so, despite not having fought since February last year in their rematch.
His heavyweight rival Joshua predicted that Fury would be defeated by Wilder in the build-up and is confident that there will be a knockout.
But Fury has moved to ridicule his prediction, and is unfazed by his heavyweight rivals' predictions going into the fight.
“Again it is just idiots opinions and they don’t really mean much to me to be honest,” Fury told Behind the Gloves.
“These are rivals of mine and if they want me to lose I would be the same as them, a beaten fighter.
“But there is a difference. I am not a beaten fighter, they can all gang up on me it makes no difference. You know, maybe they wish that would happen, but I don’t think they do.
“This is coming from a guy who now has no belts, before it was ‘I don’t care who the fighter is it is all about the belts’ but now he needs to wins the belts back doesn’t he? But I am not here to slate anyone and I am fully focused on Deontay Wilder right now.”
Fury has spoken of his desire to fight Joshua in the past, and was set to take 'AJ' on this summer in an undisputed clash.
But the bid to earn £100 million each was derailed by Wilder who enforced a trilogy contest after a contract dispute was resolved.
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And now a meeting between the pair looks unlikely in the near future, with Joshua needing a huge turnaround to earn his belts back against Oleksandr Usyk.
Although the 'Gypsy King' has vowed not to make the same mistake as Joshua by slipping up against Wilder.
“It was a disappointment to see Joshua lost his fight, but you have to give all credit to the other guy it was a superb gameplay,” Fury told the MMA Hour.
“It is only the third time someone has jumped up from cruiserweight to win a world title so he deserves credit where it is due. This is what happens when you look ahead to bigger fights, Joshua was probably looking at Usyk and thinking of Tyson Fury.
“But I won’t make the same mistake and look at Anthony Joshua, even if he had won I wouldn’t have because I know every opponent is dangerous, especially at this level. It seems to me I could pick a bum out and he would fight the best he has ever fought to change his life."
The lineal heavyweight champion has insisted full focus is on his current task, and he has asked President Biden if he can sanction for his British fans to fly over in-time for the clash.
But Fury has faced further cheat claims from his opponent, who believes a "masterplan" is in action for Fury to bend the rules.
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