Tyson Fury claims Anthony Joshua was 'gifted' heavyweight titles

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Tyson Fury has come out in full force and has slammed current IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, claiming that he has been 'gifted' the belts.

Not only that, he has also questioned AJ's legacy as he lashed out on his missed opportunities to fight either himself or Deontay Wilder.

Fury picked up the belts that Anthony Joshua is currently holding when he cruised past Wladimir Klitschko way back in November 2015, but due to his widely known issues with mental health, the Gypsy King was forced to vacate the titles.

But the 30-year-old belittled his fellow countryman's accolades and has claimed that Joshua has benefited from his time away from the ring. 

He told ESPN's Max Kellerman on Max on boxing, as per The Sun: “Let’s face true facts. I always tell the truth and the truth of the matter is this, he [Joshua] was gifted the belts by me on my personal problems.

"Which is not his fault or his management teams fault, I had my own issues going on and everybody knows about them.

"So he didn’t actually win any belts, he was given them, he beat an older Klitschko who had all the time out the ring and was humiliated by me don’t forget in his own backyard.

"He fights Parker and Povetkin, no disrespect to those guys both good fighters but they’re not on the level as it’s been proved time and time again."

A fired up Fury also questioned Joshua's legacy, claiming that he refused to fight him and also refused to unify the heavyweight division by turning down an opportunity to fight the Bronze Bomber Deontay Wilder.

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Joshua won the IBF title after beating Charles Martin back in 2016 and then fulfilled his mandatory duties by knocking out frenchman Carlos Takam.

He then went to graciously lift the WBA title after beating Klitschko and in the running swooped the IBO title after Fury was made to vacate. He then went on to seize the WBO title by beating Joseph Parker, then proved too much for Alexander Povetkin.

Instead of fighting either Fury or Wilder, Joshua will be off to fight at Madison Square Garden on June 1 and will be making his Stateside debut.

Fury added: "The biggest factor and let down of his career was not taking the Wilder fight when he was given the opportunity, for a hell of a lot of money.

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"It would’ve cemented his place at the top.

"The thing with him is, one minute when I’m out of shape, when I’ve got 140lbs to lose he tells me to ‘get fit you fat this and that and I’ll beat you up'.

"And all of a sudden, when I’m fit and when I’m doing well, he’s not interested in the fight anymore.

"So how can we take a guy like this serious, he didn’t want to fight the WBC champion, for whatever reason, and then he doesn’t want to fight Tyson Fury."

It seems like the pair can't get enough of each other, but Tyson Fury has been tipped to earn his rematch for the WBC title that is currently held by Wilder following their split decision draw back in December last year.  

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