Fury sees Anthony Joshua as an easy mark for him and Chisora to thrash
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) thinks Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is making a big mistake in trying to push 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua (4-0, 4 KO’s) quickly in an attempt to match the 6’6″, 243 lb fighter against Fury and Dereck Chisora. Hearn wants to get the Primo Canera-like Joshua against Fury and Chisora, and Fury sees this as a huge mistake on Hearn’s part.
Fury believes that the slow-moving, easy to hit Joshua will be sparked out by both Chisora and himself once he gets thrown in the ring with them. Fury would rather Hearn wait until Joshua has an inflated resume before he puts him in with him, because he wants the fight to be bigger with the British public rather than him fighting Joshua with having just a small handful of fights.
“I really hope that Eddie Hearn doesn’t start getting ahead of himself and start trying to match him [Joshua] for titles or putting him anywhere near Dereck Chisora as he’s foolishly talking about cause he’ll get sparked out,” Fury said to espn.co.uk. “He’s [Joshua] another I want to see get fed easy fights, built up to 20-0. If he gets beat any time soon, there’s no mega payday for me down the line. He’d be easy lolly.”
I actually agree with Fury. I think Hearn doesn’t have his eyes fully open to what he has with Joshua, because he’s already talking about him as a future World heavyweight champion. I don’t see Joshua as having anywhere close to the kind of talent to win a world title. I rate Fury, Chisora and even little Hughie as having more talent then the lumbering, arm-punching Joshua. He reminds me a lot of Frank Bruno, a fighter with a ton of muscles, but not much in the way of hand speed, flexibility or power. I thought Joshua lost all four of his fights in the London Olympics, and I came away much more impressed with his opponents Erislandy Savon, Zhilei Zhang, Ivan Dychko and Roberto Cammarelle than I was with him. I thought those four fights were badly scored fights to the extreme, especially the Savon and Cammerelle fights.
Hearn needs to take his time with Joshua, have him trim off 25 pounds of useless muscle, work on his defense, and try to get him to throw with more speed somehow. Joshua pushes his punches like he’s throwing shots in a swimming pool. There’s so much resistance when he throws a shot, and it’s like he’s got something pulling his arms in the opposite direction.
Joshua will be fighting early next month on March 1st against 38-year-old journeyman Hector Alfredo Avila (22-15-1, 14 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round bout at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Avila has lost 3 out of his last 5 fights, and was stopped in the 9th round last year by Chisora.
Fury will be fighting next Saturday night against Joey Abell (29-7, 28 KO’s) on February 15th at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK. This fight is considered to be a sick mismatch by a lot of fans.