Tyson Fury has claimed that the heavyweight division has no interest in Anthony Joshua after his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr back in June at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Joshua was stopped in the seventh round by Ruiz, losing his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in the process in one of the greatest upsets the sport of boxing has ever seen.
AJ is scheduled to fight ‘The Destroyer’ for a second time on December 7 in Saudi Arabia in a bid to reclaim his belts, but Fury claims the loss has cost Joshua both his popularity and appeal.
“People aren’t interested in beaten fighters,” Fury stated per TMZSports.
“That’s what we saw with AJ vs Ruiz. He was this great big man made out of marble, and then he got beaten and knocked out by a fat guy.
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“Everyone’s like, ‘This guy who’s ripped got knocked out by this little fat guy.’ Now, nobody likes him anymore. The bubble has burst! It’s a cliché in boxing: When you’ve been pounded, nobody wants to know because everybody loves a winner.
“When you’re no longer a winner, you don’t get no more p***y!”
The Gypsy King was talking on Tuesday after announcing Otto Wallin as his next opponent, with the undefeated Brit taking on the 28-year-old Swede in Las Vegas on September 14.
Fury will be expected to steamroll past Wallin in a month’s time before resuming discussions for the eagerly anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder.
The pair fought to a controversial draw in December last year with many believing Fury was robbed of winning the WBC title.
“I am pleased to be back in Las Vegas. I loved my time there in my last fight and am going to put on a show again,” Fury explained.
“Otto Wallin is a world-ranked fighter and is tall, something we want with the Deontay Wilder rematch round the corner.
“He is also a southpaw, which will bring its own obstacles, but I will be fully focused to get this job done because the rematch needs to happen.”
Wilder is set to face Cuba’s Luis Ortiz in November for the second time, after a near shock upset win for ‘King Kong’ back in 2018. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ found himself on the ropes late in the fight, but landed a flurry of hard shots in the 10th round, ending the 40-year-old Cuban’s titanic effort.News Now - Sport News