Boxing: Tyson Fury pumps iron in the gym
Tyson Fury has mocked Anthony Joshua’s suggestion the Watford boxer is a ‘great modern day fighter’, telling the 2012 Olympic champion: ‘You got knocked the **** out by a chubby kid who had three weeks’ notice’. Fury and Joshua are on course to have one of the biggest fights in boxing history this year as both men look to unify the heavyweight division for the first time in 20 years.
Joshua holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles and like Fury – the WBC champion – is considered by most to be one of the top two heavyweights on the planet.
Joshua has only suffered one loss in his career thus far, when he was stopped in the seventh round by Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019, before reclaiming his belts with a unanimous decision against the Mexican six months later.
On Wednesday night Joshua tweeted shirtless pictures of himself with the message: “A great modern day fighter will be able to compete in any era.”
It didn’t take long for the unbeaten Fury to respond on Thursday morning, replying to the Twitter post with: “A great? My a***! You got KTFO (knocked the f*** out) by a chubby kid who had three weeks’ notice.
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“You are a great at looking good on pics I must say. Whit whooo…..xxx”
Before adding a second tweet of: “That [is] you out the window then chump!”
Fury turned professional in 2008, while Joshua waited a year after his London 2012 gold medal to move into the paid ranks.
The Gypsy King’s comments this morning came just a few hours after an interview was published in which Joshua said he believes Fury should be looking to retire in the near future.
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“Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon,” Joshua had told Sky Sports.
“If he wants to cement his legacy, I’m here and ready. I’ve built myself into this position.”
In the same interview, Joshua stated he would be looking to retire himself in five years time.
But speaking last summer, Fury suggested he is in no rush to hang up his gloves.
“[Wladimir] Klitschko did it until he was 40,” Fury told Sky Sports in May 2020.
“A lot of the great champions are continuing, and continuing. I ain’t boxing for money, I ain’t boxing for fame, I ain’t boxing for a belt. I’m boxing because it keeps me mentally happy and I like to do it.
“Nothing to prove to anybody. Not one thing to prove at all, but I box now, because I love boxing and I’ve been doing it all my life. Why walk away when I’m still only young?
“Hopefully I box until I have a good sit down with all the team and we all decide it’s time to walk away, while I’m on top, and then sail away into the sunset, and then who knows what will happen after that.”
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