Anthony Joshua Openly Roots for Fury’s Defeat Against Usyk

By Charles Brun - 03/04/2024 - Comments

Anthony Joshua wants WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to lose his undisputed championship fight against IBF/WBA/WBO champ Oleksandr Usyk on May 18th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

It’s still unknown if Fury will make it to the ring without having a setback with his recently injured eye and suffering some other kind of problem that one sees with aging fighters. There’s still questions whether Fury truly wants this fight or is physically ready.

The rumors of Fury getting the stuffing beaten out of him by various sparring partners are hard to dismiss, as that signal that all is not well. You couple that with his reluctance to take the fight with Usyk from the get-go, adding up to another potential fight delay.

At some point, His Excellency is going to get a clue and wash his hands of Fury, leaving him where he found him, scraping with the likes of Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte.

History of Bad Blood

Joshua has bad blood with Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) based on all the mean-spirited things he’s said about him over the years, and he wants him to get his just desserts.

AJ is not surprisingly a little jaded about Fury due to his remarks about him, as well as his failed attempts at setting up a fight with him recently.

Well, there’s an excellent chance that could happen because Fury is facing the master boxer, Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs), who is light years ahead of him in technical skills and clearly in much better physical health.

Desire for Fury’s “Jaw Cracked”

“I don’t want to sound like a hater,” Joshua said to DAZN about Tyson Fury.

“I don’t really respect Fury because of all the things he says,” Joshua said. “Fury says a lot yeah, so that’s why I want him to get his jaw cracked.

“I don’t want to say, I feel like everybody’s going to be asking me about Fury-Usyk.”

You’ve got to respect Joshua for wanting Fury to lose to Usyk, even though it’s in his best interest for the 35-year-old Tyson to win that fight for the sake of financial gain.

If Joshua were a phony, he’d build up Fury, throwing on fake praise. He’s real, though, and he wants Fury taken down a peg. If Tyson loses this fight, a whole lot of dough will go down the drain for him and AJ, unless the Saudis want to still go through with it for the sake of interest.