‘Anthony Joshua Is A Third Tier Heavyweight, I’ll Knock Him Out Within Three Rounds’ – Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury has challenged Anthony Joshua to fight him in December and says he will beat his fellow heavyweight world champion within three rounds.

Tyson FuryFury holds the WBC and Ring Magazine belts, while Joshua has the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO straps and the pair are expected to unify the titles next year.

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Before their expected fight, likely to be in spring or early summer, Fury is due to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time and Joshua will defend his belts against Kubrat Pulev.

These fights are planned but not officially confirmed and if they do come to fruition, Fury has called on AJ to meet him for all the gold in December this year.

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua‘Tell AJ to grow a pair and step up in December and fight,’ Fury told talkSPORT. ‘If this Wilder fight ain’t happening in December then I will step up and smash Anthony Joshua into next week.

‘I respect him because of where he’s come from and what he’s done, he’s changed his stars as a person. He’s done fantastic in his career, but there’s levels to this game and me, I’m top tier, as I’ve proved.

‘I’ve beaten two champions with 10 defences [Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko], the first time in history that’s ever been done, by me.

‘I can beat him at a boxing match, beat him on the inside, I can beat him every single day of the week. There’s only one way to prove that I can’t. Come and show me that I can’t.’

When asked if Fury considers Joshua a top tier heavyweight, the Gypsy King was clear that he is not and then came the prediction for a very short night against AJ.

‘No, I think he’s a third tier heavyweight, there’s me and Wilder that can easily beat them all,’ said the WBC champion. ‘I’ll knock him out within three rounds.

‘How’s he going to get out the way of me? Is he fleet-footed enough to get out the way of me? Two or three rounds, easy.

‘He’s very vulnerable, he only needs one left hook on the head anywhere, he’s gone. Left hook in the body, he can’t take ’em.

‘You don’t have to listen to me. When this fight gets made I’ll show you what to do with a bodybuilder like him. Cut him in two.’

Fury’s American promoter, Bob Arum, insists that the Wilder trilogy fight is happening and is in the process of organising a date after the planned 19 December date became unfeasible due to NFL games interfering with TV schedules.

‘We’re moving off [December 19] because there’s five conference championship games that day and night, plus two NFL games,’ Arum told ESPN.

‘So we can’t go with the 19th. We’re looking at other dates right now because ESPN advised us, and Fox advised the PBC [Wilder’s promoters]. We’re looking at the schedule – PBC, FOX, ESPN and us – to pick a date.

‘It’s definitely Allegiant Stadium [in Las Vegas]. The Raiders are on board, the city is on board, the convention authority is on board. Everybody is on board.’Photo Credit: Getty

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