Tyson Fury's uncle and trainer Peter Fury has laughed off suggestions from Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn that Anthony Joshua is already the no.1 heavyweight in the world, as both British fighters prepare to defend their world titles.
Joshua will make his first world title defence against American Dominic Breazeale on Saturday, before Tyson Fury defends his WBA and WBO titles against heavyweight veteran Wladimir Klitschko on home soil, at the Manchester Arena, on July 9.
Hearn had boldly claimed earlier in the week that Joshua, 26, was already the best heavyweight in the sport, having won all 16 of his professional bouts by knock out. However, Peter Fury has responded quickly to those claims, and believes the 68-year-old should rethink his comments.
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"It goes without saying that Tyson is world No 1. He deserves to be where he is because he's fought a lot better opposition and boxing is all about levels." Peter Fury told Sky Sports.
"Those are bold statements [from Hearn] and everyone is entitled to their opinion but for me, looking at it, it doesn't mean anything. It's crazy.
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"It's going to be interesting because Tyson is going to keep winning and as long as he keeps winning, people can say whatever they like."
Peter Fury has cited his nephew's unanimous decision victory over Klitschko, in November, as a clear reason why Tyson Fury is currently leading the way in the heavyweight division; having ended the Ukrainian's 11-year unbeaten streak.
"Tyson has not taken the easy route. He did what nobody else in 11 years could do and if people can't wake up and smell the coffee from that, well... I think people know Tyson's talents but his character and background don't appeal to a lot of people so they try to ridicule him anyway they can." Peter Fury added.
"That aside, as a boxer, for me, his credentials simply can't be questioned."
But while Tyson Fury faces the daunting task of defending his titles against Klitschko, who has won 64 of 68 professional fights, Joshua is expected to comfortably defend his titles against Breazeale, this weekend.
And Joshua's second-round stoppage of Charles Martin, to secure the IBF world heavyweight title, is an example of what has lead Peter Fury to question the calibre of the Watford-born fighter's opponents.
Joshua gifted title
"I'm not ridiculing Joshua but he's fought nobody. These other guys are irrelevant. He's a world champion who's had it gifted to him. He hasn't had a fight yet and we're yet to see him up against a guy who's coming to fight and is fit in the other corner." said Fury.
"An unfit Dillian Whyte still gave Joshua problems so when you compare that with Tyson beating an 11-year world champion like Klitschko, it's almost laughable."
Peter Fury insists he and Tyson will not be in attendance at the O2 Arena on Saturday, but has hinted at a future bout between Britain's current top two heavyweights, with initial talks of a bout later this year or early in 2017, having already taken place.
"We won't be there because we've got other things to do." said Peter Fury. "The only time we want to be ringside to watch Joshua is when Tyson is facing him from the opposite corner."
Talks of a domestic dust-up reached fever pitch earlier in the year, when Tyson Fury and Joshua were caught in a war of words via Twitter. And the fight would provide a big-money pay day for both fighters in a pay-per-view bout that would attract a worldwide audience.
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