Tyson Fury: I challenge Anthony Joshua after I smash Chisora
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #4 WBO, #5 IBF, #11 WBC heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) is targeting unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) for a fight after Fury takes care of business against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) on November 29th at the ExCel Arena in London, UK.
Fury obviously has heard Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn opening his yap about how he thinks Joshua will be ready to beat Fury by next year, and Fury looks like he wants to take Hearn on his word by pushing for the fight.
I’d be very surprised if Hearn were to allow the 6’6” Joshua to fight Fury this year or even next year. I mean, Joshua has been facing God awful opposition since he turned pro, and he just looks flat-footed and over-muscled. He’s coming off of a 2nd round stoppage win over journeyman Denis Bakhtov in his last fight, but that was hardly a test. It was more of a lateral move from his previous fight against Konstantin Airich.
“I challenge Anthony Joshua to a fight in December after I smash Chisora,” Fury said on his twitter. “Eddie Hearn would never dream of putting Joshua in the same ring as me so stop going on about it. [He] wouldn’t last three rounds. [There is] too much talking and avoiding going on in world heavyweight boxing. Let it not be just about the money, its killing boxing. Let’s fight each other.”
Hearn is interested in matching Joshua against David Price in the near future. Just when is unclear. Price has already vowed to take Joshua’s head off with one of his big right hands if the two of them meet up. Price will be head-hunting from the jump, because he likely knows he can’t stand in there with him for long given his history of knockouts.
“Correct, you wouldn’t last three rounds. Time will tell, concentrate on your fight; hope it happens for you,” Hearn said on his twitter. “Give me a call after your scheduled fight.”
Joshua will be fighting 39-year-old Michael Sprott next month on November 22nd on the undercard of the Nathan Cleverly vs. Tony Bellew card in Liverpool, UK.
I can see Fury beating Joshua if that fight happens this year or next year. Of course, now that Fury has shown interest in fighting Joshua, I see it as the kiss of death as far as him getting a fight against the 24-year-old. No way do I see Hearn letting Joshua 100 miles from Fury now. I think Hearn is going to protect Joshua like a mother hen by keeping him out of harms way for the next 2-3 years.