Tyson Fury has blasted Oleksandr Usyk for going ‘life and death’ with Derek Chisora and called Anthony Joshua ‘a cross-fit bum’.
Fury, 33, was in talks to fight Usyk, 35, in Saudi Arabia for the undisputed heavyweight crown.
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But AJ, who lost to the Ukrainian in September, failed to agree a step-aside deal to forfeit his contracted rematch in a financial package.
Instead, Joshua, 32, will rematch Usyk while Fury will proceed in a mandatory WBC title defence against Dillian Whyte, 33.
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He said: “You can only take who you can fight at the time.
“I’ve got Dillian Whyte next and then there’s a little sucker called Usyk who I’m going to absolutely set about rotten.
“The middleweight. Send him packing. Send him back down to middleweight. That’s all I’m going to do.
“AJ’s a big old bodybuilder. He ain’t worth a carrot. I don’t want to hear how good Usyk is.
“Let him fight a real heavyweight. He fought an old journeyman in Derek Chisora and it was life and death.
“And then he fought a bodybuilder who’s not even a boxer and had a life and death.
“Until he fights a real fighting man you can’t call him a champion. All roads lead to me; I’m the ‘Gypsy King’.
“If he can beat me I’d say he’s a good man. But if he can’t I’ll still say he’s useless.”
The first-ever heavyweight unification with all four belts on the line will now be further shelved.
But Fury expects a possible future fight to be against Usyk, tipping him to beat Joshua once again.
He said: “Usyk will beat him in the rematch. Yet again. Because AJ’s a bum, he can’t fight.
“He’s been exposed. He’s a cross-fit bum. And that’s all I want to say.”
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