Tyson Fury, the WBA and WBO heavyweight champion, has slated Anthony Joshua’s boxing style ahead of the undefeated 26-year-old’s fight against Charles Martin next week.
The outspoken Fury, who defeated Wladimir Klitschko in November, has said Joshua requires a miracle in order to secure the 16th victory of his professional career at the O2 Arena on April 9.
But the fiery Manchester-born pugilist didn’t stop there. Fury also said that Joshua can’t box, doesn’t have a jab and possesses “terrible” movement.
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“Dearly beloved, let us pray for a miracle,” Fury was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “The one-punch miracle which is Anthony Joshua’s only hope of salvation when he enters the kingdom of the heavyweight championship ring.
“For Joshua is useless indeed and his time has come too soon for him to lay hands on one of these cherished belts and hereby banish the American pretender from our blessed land.
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“Poor Joshua has no defence, is devoid of a jab, bereft of all movement.
“May the good Lord deliver unto him that one punch which can confound Charles Martin, so that we may harvest the riches of communion with each other.”
Fury: Joshua is a bodybuilder - not a boxer
The colourful Fury then went to town on the powerful Joshua, describing him as a bodybuilder rather than a boxer.
“Joshua can’t box. No, he doesn't have a jab. Yes, his movement is terrible and he’s wide open with no idea how to defend himself,” the 27-year-old continued.
“His footwork is hopeless. The only time he’s been hit hard in his professional career, that shot by Dillian Whyte in his last fight, it would have been all over if he had been in there with a big heavyweight who knew how to finish.
“This game is not all about body-building. It’s about knowing how to box. He’s getting knocked out.”
Fury: Joshua needs to get really lucky
However, Fury concedes that there is one way for Joshua to beat Martin - if he gets lucky on the night.
“He will have to get really lucky. It’s alright knocking over carefully picked opponents in your early fights but the higher you go you can’t just swing and hope,” Fury added.
“When it comes to world championship level, you have to set up the opening for the big punch with your jab. Then you have to be perfectly balanced to land the KO. How’s he going to do that with no jab and his feet all over the place?
“Martin’s not the greatest but he’s a big southpaw, which him awkward to fight, with a heavy punch, which makes him dangerous. He moves well and he’s calm, balanced and patient in the ring.
Fury reveals what will happen if he fights Joshua
“Joshua needs a miracle. I genuinely hope he gets it. Because then he and I can both make a lot of money by boxing each other in a massive championship unification fight at Wembley Stadium. And that would be an easy fight for me.
“He really is useless.”
Fury-Klitschko rematch still to be arranged
Don’t sit on the fence, Tyson. Tell us what you really think next time.
Joshua is one of several potential opponents Fury could fight next.
At this stage a big-money rematch with Klitschko still appears to be the most likely outcome, although Fury revealed in February that he’s in the dark over what will happen next.
"I have no idea when the next fight is, who it is going to be, no idea," he told Sky Sports. "So that is a bit of an update for everybody.
"I don't know who it is going to be, to be honest.
"I have no confirmation on if it is going to be Klitschko, Fred Flintstone or Batman, I have no idea."
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