Tyson Fury has admitted that he doesn’t expect to fight Anthony Joshua as he believes his fellow British heavyweight will lose to Oleksandr Usyk for a second time.
Joshua is looking to retake his world heavyweight titles when he fights Usyk next year, with a bout between the two expected to happen in either March or April.
Usyk claimed a convincing points decision victory against Joshua last time out, as he put in a steady and controlled performance over 12 rounds while Joshua was unable to use his greater size to his advantage.
Tyson Fury on Anthony Joshua.
Fury was speaking on Unibet’s The Lowdown and said that he would have no interest in fighting Joshua if Usyk beats the former heavyweight world champion for a second time.
“I’d prefer [Joshua] to let me fight [Usyk] because if Joshua goes in there again and loses, which I think he will, then that fight’s dead in the water for me,” Fury said.
“You don’t lose two fights and then go into a massive heavyweight title fight. But if he lets me fight Usyk, and I batter Usyk, then I come back and fight Joshua and batter him as well, then I can just fuck off then. They can all fight for the belts. I’ll retire.”
— The Lowdown (@Boxing_Lowdown_) November 25, 2021
AJ will need a different plan against Usyk.
Although Fury isn’t expecting Joshua to beat Usyk, he will be hoping for the opposite, as he will be in line for a major pay day in what would arguably be the biggest fight in British boxing history if the two can come to an agreement.
A fight between Fury and Usyk would also be a huge bout, as it could very well be an undisputed world heavyweight title fight should both men remain unbeaten, although it wouldn’t be as financially lucrative as a fight with Joshua.
Joshua has said that he has analysed the mistakes he made against Usyk in their first bout and has learnt his lesson, and is expected to approach the second fight very differently.