As the boxing world readies their excitement for a future bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, a social media video from 2017 has re-surfaced which has helped build the hype even more.
A clip from iFL TV on YouTube shows a much younger and bigger Fury making damning comments about Joshua and how his career will come crashing down to earth in the near future.
“This man isn’t invincible, this is a pumped-up steroid man, full of juice and full of weights,” said Fury.
“This isn’t Muhammad Ali, this is a man built up and believing in his own hype.
“And a man who is going to come crashing down to Earth, very very soon.”
Joshua had an unbeaten year in 2017, including winning the IBO and WBA heavyweight titles in a contest with Wladimir Klitschko in late April, before the legendary Ukrainian announced his retirement from the sport.
However, there was some truth in the ‘Gypsy King’s’ comments regarding the invincibility of Joshua, with the Brit suffering his first career loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019 to lose his heavyweight championships in Las Vegas.
Despite his incredible success, Joshua has never been found guilty of doping, whilst the ‘Gypsy King’ has a history of using banned substances, such as his scandal back in 2015, and the current questions raised surrounding a potential eight-year-ban from the sport.
Fury had been alleged to have bribed a farmer £25,000 to lie about the WBC heavyweight champion’s positive drug test in 2015.
It looks like we will have to wait a lot longer until both fighters meet for the first time in the squared circle, with Fury’s trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder pushed back to October, meaning a fight with Joshua is a possibility for February 2021 due to coronavirus fears.
Meanwhile, Joshua was set to defend all three heavyweight titles in a contest with Kubrat Pulev on June 20, but with the current climate, it is ever so likely it could be pushed back to July 25 or even later in the year with the uncertainty around sport increasing.
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