WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has claimed that Tyson Fury should be the poster boy of British heavyweight boxing, not Anthony Joshua.
The comments come from a live Instagram broadcast Wilder posted onto his account.
In it, he claims that it's a "damn shame" that Tyson Fury has struggled in recent years, before further commenting on the status of heavyweight boxing in the UK.
"If it wasn’t for Tyson Fury, England wouldn’t be on the map like it is, let’s be f****** serious.
"They quickly forget because Tyson Fury is the type of man that expresses himself and don’t give a f*** what nobody thinks – and that’s the best man to be.
“His mouth got him in trouble in that country and they hate the Furys. They got something against the gypsy’s and all that man, it’s racism at its finest.”
Tyson’s cousin Hughie lost against Joseph Parker in dubious fashion in his heavyweight world title bout two weeks ago, while The Gypsy King himself has also faced disciplinary action from the British Boxing Board of Control.
Fury himself has not fought since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in 2015, and looks unlikely to fight again.
Wilder was due to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Cuban Luis Ortiz next month in what expected to be the toughest fight of Wilder's career.
But, the 38-year-old, nicknamed King Kong, failed a drugs test late last month and is expected to face disciplinary action after being forced to pull out of the fight.
Wilder will now fight Bermane Stiverne – who he beat in 2015 to win the heavyweight title – before eyeing up a possible mega-fight with Joshua next summer.
And, the Alabama fighter had some choice comments to make about the undefeated Joshua.
“This man [Tyson Fury] put England on the map. AJ didn’t do that,” Wilder stated.
“This man beat Klitschko. AJ didn’t do that. Only thing AJ did was beat a guy that came off a loss and how long was he out? At least a year?
“But they praise him [AJ]. They pick and choose.”
These comments will be sure to intensify any rivalry between the two, and a possible bout could be scheduled for the summer of 2018.
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