Joshua Explains Why He Doesn’t View Tyson Fury as Intimidating

By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua does not view WBC champion Tyson Fury as an intimidating opponent.

Fury made a statement back in February, when he scored two knockdowns to eventually stop Deontay Wilder in the seventh round to capture the WBC world title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

There is a lot of talk about a potential two-fight series between Joshua and Fury in 2021.

If they do collide, Joshua sees nothing that really concerns him about the fight.

“What have you seen from Fury? A couple of feints? Moving around? What have you seen that makes him seem so intimidating? Speed? If the sport is lacking so much talent then all you need is feints and movement to be classed as a great of this generation….. With hard work, motivation and studying you can overcome that,” Joshua told Sky Sports.

“So what do people see in Fury that is so fearsome, intimidating, that he can’t be touched at the top level? I take him as a serious challenger, of course. But resume? It’s taken him a long time to grow. His fight with Wladimir Klitschko was his first real challenge and he overcame it, but it took him eight years to build his experience and confidence.

“Then he had two years out and fought Deontay Wilder. He hasn’t been in the deep end for long enough to show me that he can swim there for a long time. You have to continually prove that you belong there. You don’t just come there once or twice. For me as a fighter, that’s how you gain my respect.”

Joshua will first have to make a mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev in the coming months. And Fury has a trilogy fight with Wilder on his plate, with a target date of December 19th.

Should the champions walk away with their belts, then Fury has to deal with a mandatory order to face Dillian Whyte and Joshua has another mandatory order on his plate, against Oleksandr Usyk.

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