Anthony Joshua will retire from boxing to avoid fighting Tyson Fury, according to the WBC heavyweight champion’s father John. The desire to see the Brits go toe-to-toe with one another reached fever pitch last weekend when Fury ended Deontay Wilder’s five-year reign atop of the WBC rankings with a seventh-round TKO victory.
Fury’s momentous victory on enemy territory means all six heavyweight titles are now possessed by the Brits, with Joshua holding the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO belts and Fury the WBC and Ring Magazine straps.
A heavyweight title unification fight between the pair, 30 and 31 respectively, would arguably be the biggest fight in the history of British boxing.
Fury’s father agrees with that notion but believes Joshua will hang up his gloves to avoid setting foot inside the ring with his son.
“They’re levels apart. You know like the aliens are like years in front of us in terms of brain power,” John Fury told IFL TV. “That’s how my son is in front of Joshua in terms of ability.
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I don’t think you’ll see it, because he’s too frightened, he’ll retire before he faces Tyson.
John Fury on a potential fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
“He can’t do it, he’s got slow feet, he has got some fast hands, he goes one-two, left hook, chin stuck in the air.
“You’ve seen him, he’s blowing out of his arse the moment he has any pressure put on him. Tyson will do more than put pressure on him.
“He’ll be crying after four rounds. I don’t think you’ll see it, because he’s too frightened, he’ll retire before he faces Tyson. The Gypsy King will retire him before he even figths him.
“He hasn’t got anything to beat him with. He don’t need money. He’s a trillionaire, he don’t need it.
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“So why would you muck your legacy by letting a big gypo spark you right out? End of.”
Team Joshua are keen on a showdown with Fury, with the Olympic gold medalist’s promoter Eddie Hearn promising to do everything in his power to make the mega-fight happen.
When asked by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani to give a true or false response to Joshua vs Fury happening this year, Hearn said: “True. Because even if Wilder rematches Fury, we want to make that fight for December.
“My only worry is how far and how long Wilder has to sit out before he’s ready to fight again. We don’t know about the ear injury, the leg injury he had going into the fight, it looked like his mouth was pretty busted up as well.
“I’m sure he’ll get a suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission and time out of the ring. But for me, honestly, I will do everything I can to make that fight.”
“This will be a historic moment for our country and the sport of boxing. Where two British heavyweights get the chance to prove who is the king.
“And right now, it’s between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to decide who is the best heavyweight in the world. And I back our man all day long.”
Joshua is currently on course to defend his titles in June against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, though a date for their bout has not yet been finalised.
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