AJ sends message to Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder after heavyweight clash

Anthony Joshua has described Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder as ‘gladiators’ after the pair’s much-anticipated rematch in Las Vegas produced fireworks.

Fury produced a masterclass to batter Wilder to a seventh-round stoppage on Saturday night and become world heavyweight champion for the second time in his career.

The Brit, 31, outclassed the previously undefeated Wilder, knocking the American down twice before the towel came in during another onslaught in the seventh round.

Fury spent almost three years out of the ring, battling mental health issues, drug problems and weight gain following his first world title win in 2015.

‘AJ’ reclaimed his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles from Andy Ruiz Jr. in December and broke his silence on Fury’s victory over Wilder on Instagram.

Joshua paid tribute to Fury and Wilder by writing ‘gladiator’ on pictures of his heavyweight rivals during their fight.

Reacting to his win, Fury said: ‘I told everybody with a pair of ears that the Gypsy King would return to the throne.

‘My last fight everybody wrote me off. I was underweight and over-trained. I’m a destroyer. Not bad for someone with pillow fists.

‘I’m a man of my word. I told Wilder, his team, the world. We trained for a knockout; we wasn’t tapping around in that gym.

‘I talk like this because I can back it up. People write me off, they look at my fat belly and bald head and think I can’t fight. He fought the best Tyson Fury, we’re both in our primes.

‘I expect him to ask for the third fight. I know he’s a warrior and I’ll be waiting.

Wilder added: ‘The best man won on the night. My coach threw in the towel but I’m ready to go out on my shield.

‘I had a lot of things going on coming into this fight but it is what it is.

‘I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield, I’m a warrior. But [Fury] did what he did and there’s no excuses.’

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