Tyson Fury is not impressed by Anthony Joshua’s claim that he is a ‘great modern day fighter’ as both world heavyweight champions are on a collision course, with a huge unification fight targeted in the spring.
It may well be the first of two or three bouts between the two, with the pair holding all the heavyweight gold and with the potential to create one or more of the biggest fights in boxing history.
Joshua, the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion, was not necessarily looking to rile up his future opponent with a tweet this week, in which he posted a couple of pictures of himself in training, with the caption: ‘A great modern day fighter will be able to compete in any era.’
However, Fury took exception to it and replied on Thursday: ‘That you out the window then chump!’
The WBC and Ring Magazine champion then went further, referencing Joshua’s stunning defeat to Ruiz in June 2019, when the Destroyer stepped in at short notice to replace Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden.
‘A great? My arse! You got ktfo [knocked the f**k out] by a chubby kid who had 3 weeks notice,’ Fury tweeted. ‘You are a great at looking good on pics I must say whit whooo…..xxx’
The fight is not confirmed yet, with negotiations ongoing and both sides doing their best to overcome the problems presented by the global pandemic.
However, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, remains entirely confident the two giants will fight in the next six months, although it may well not be in the UK.