Tyson Fury insists Anthony Joshua fight is bigger than Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson and calls Deontay Wilder a ‘piece of s***’ in passionate interview
Tyson Fury insists an announcement about his fight with Anthony Joshua could be made in the next couple of days and insists it is bigger than when Mike Tyson fought Lennox Lewis.
After more than a year of speculation about where and when the fight will take place, it seems inevitable the undisputed world heavyweight title clash will take place this year.
Joshua and his management team have received the first official fight offer for the bout, while Fury has received offers from across the globe to stage the epic contest.
Despite suggesting there was a rapidly approaching deadline to get the deal made, ‘The Gypsy King’ told Michelle Joy Phelps of Behind the Gloves that fans can expect an announcement soon.
He said: “I think it will 100 per cent happen, one million per cent happen, and I think we are going to know within the next couple of days who, what, where and when.
“I’m pretty confident this fight is going to get made in the next few days because, from what I have heard, there are some big players involved and some big offers come in from very rich people and very rich countries. So I am sure that they are going to be good offers.”
“I’m very excited to finally get this fight and make it happen,” he added. “I know that he wants the fight and I want the fight.
“We are just going to get it on and give each other a good hiding; he’s going to try and punch my head in, I’m going to try and punch his head in and we are going to lay it all on the line for the boxing fans and for sport in general.
“This is the biggest sporting moment, I believe, in my generation. I was just about to say you’ve got two undefeated heavyweights, champions of the world going at it.
“But I can’t say that, because there is only one undefeated world champion and that is me. But he has got his belts back so there are two world heavyweight champions, from Britain, going head-to-head in a mammoth fight.
“We are both at the top of our game, we are both in the prime of our lives. This isn’t like when Lewis fought Tyson, when they were both past their best and both at the end of their careers.
“We are both 31, 32, we are both in the prime of our lives, both in good shape and injury-free so both raring to go.
“I’m sure this fight can be made and we are going to put on a real fight for as long as it lasts. Personally, I don’t think it goes long, I think it goes quite short.
“But I’m really excited, like a kid before Christmas. I want this fight to be announced this week so we can get on with it.”
Although the winner of the bout will have the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF world titles, Fury believes he is the best heavyweight in the world – regardless of the outcome.
Despite only possessing one of the four belts from a major organisation, the 32-year-old is recognised by the Ring Magazine as the best heavyweight in the world.
And the Morecambe-native insists Joshua has to beat former WBC champion Deontay Wilder (whom Fury smashed last February) if he wants to be considered the best of this generation.
“No, because he hasn’t beat anybody yet,” he added. “To be the best of our era…Klitschko, he has beaten him. He has to beat me and he also has to beat Deontay Wilder.
“When I win this fight, I am the best of this era, barring none. I beat everybody in it; Klitschko, Wilder, Joshua. Three top champions of my era and I beat them all.
“But he has to beat Wilder still, to be able to say he is the best. But he ain’t going to beat me, and I don’t think he will beat Wilder either.
“I don’t like Wilder, I don’t like what he has said or what he has done. But as a boxing fan and as a man, I just don’t think he can beat Deontay Wilder – I don’t think any of them can.
“Like I said, I have no love for Wilder and I think he is a piece of s***, I think he is a big dosser. But I just don’t think any of the other heavyweights can beat Deontay Wilder.
“There’s only one man who could beat him and that is me. I think he annihilates the rest of them.”
Fury’s animosity towards the ‘Bronze Bomber’ stems from outlandish claims from the American as to why he was defeated so convincingly by the Brit in Las Vegas last year.
The two-time world heavyweight champion was far more aggressive towards Wilder than in the first fight in 2018 and proved too strong in ‘Sin City’.
But the Alabama-native failed to comprehend the defeat, instead blaming his ring walk costume, former trainer Mark Breland and alleging Fury had loaded gloves to compensate for the defeat.
And the current holder of the famous green and gold belt admits he was left hurt and disappointed by the unfounded accusations.
“It’s hurtful, resentful stuff that he has been saying and it’s not sportsmanlike conduct,” he added. “It’s not something that I would ever say about somebody without concrete evidence.
“To have a victory taken away from you or tarnished with dirt like that, it’s disrespectful, it’s dishonourable and as a champion and a warrior, he has let himself down.
“He couldn’t accept defeat as a champion would, or as a real man of honour would, he’s had to make a million excuses and go beyond that by accusing me of cheating.
“It has sort of belittled my victory over him. Not just accused me of cheating, accused the Nevada State Athletic Commission, everybody involved. So we are all involved in a conspiracy, apparently, against Deontay Wilder.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous. If I had said something like this, then it would have been a big problem. I said before, ‘It’s all sticks and stones’.
But the fact of the matter is, when you have been called a cheater by somebody and they say you have put metal in your gloves and whatever else, it is hurtful, resentful, it’s disrespectful and it is dishonourable.
“As a man, as a champion and as a fighting warrior, he has let himself down and his fans down and his family name down.
“He can’t accept defeat, he has to accuse an athlete who has done nothing wrong and trained his guts out for months on end and put it all on the line to face the biggest puncher in heavyweight history and stood toe-to-toe with the mother f***** and knocked him out and beat him.
“It’s upsetting really, to say the least. But it is not something I would ever say if I got beat by somebody. I would say, ‘Fair play mate, you’re a good man.’
“But they are not like me, there has always got to be a reason why. He’s gone beyond the point of no return by calling me a cheater and calling the whole of boxing cheaters.”