Tyson Fury mocks Anthony Joshua's 'great' claim as fight talks continue

Tyson Fury is not impressed by Anthony Joshua’s claim that he is a ‘great modern day fighter’ with the Gypsy King happy to remind AJ of his stoppage defeat to Andy Ruiz.

The two world heavyweight champions are on a collision course, with a huge unification fight targeted in the spring.

It may well be the first of two or three bouts between the two, with the pair holding all the heavyweight gold and with the potential to create one or more of the biggest fights in boxing history.

Joshua, the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion, was not necessarily looking to rile up his future opponent with a tweet this week, in which he posted a couple of pictures of himself in training, with the caption: ‘A great modern day fighter will be able to compete in any era.’

The WBC and Ring Magazine champion then went further, referencing Joshua’s stunning defeat to Ruiz in June 2019, when the Destroyer stepped in at short notice to replace Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden.

‘A great? My arse! You got ktfo [knocked the f**k out] by a chubby kid who had 3 weeks notice,’ Fury tweeted.

‘You are a great at looking good on pics I must say whit whooo…..xxx’

The fight is not confirmed yet, with negotiations ongoing and both sides doing their best to overcome the problems presented by the global pandemic.

However, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, remains entirely confident the two giants will fight in the next six months, although it may well not be in the UK.

‘I think it’s hotting up nicely. The mind games are starting,’ Hearn told IFLTV.

‘AJ is working tirelessly away in London and I think Tyson has gone to Miami to train and I think AJ will be going somewhere to train soon as well. I think everything is great. There’s been conversations every day for the last two weeks on that fight.

‘A lot of the travelling I’ve been doing lately has been looking at where that fight can be staged as well.

‘As we have done for a long time, we have an agreement on that fight. We have an agreement, which was agreed a long time ago. Nothing has changed. We are not looking to go back on that agreement, I don’t think Tyson Fury is looking to go back on that agreement.

‘We’re in the position now of drafting paperwork to try and move forwards with that fight so I think from a pandemic point of view it’s difficult because the world is changing every day. One minute something is opening, another something is closing.

‘But that fight is planned for the end of May, early June and I don’t see anything getting in the way of it.’

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