Tyson Fury describes Anthony Joshua’s fears in Oleksandr Usyk fight
Tyson Fury has admitted that he fears Oleksandr Usyk could ruin the heavyweight world title unification plans between him and Anthony Joshua later this year.
Fury and Joshua will face Deontay Wilder and Usyk respectively, and will have to pass the two dreaded heavyweights in order to set up the big-money showdown.
And speaking ahead of his fight with Wilder on July 24, Fury said he feared Joshua might overtake Usyk in their London fight in September.
In an interview with the Online Mail Fury said: “Usyk is a southpaw, intelligent, technically very good.
“He’s smaller as a former cruiserweight champion but he’s handled Derek Chisora, who is physically stronger than Joshua.
“So while I’m absolutely confident that I will beat Wilder, I’m not so sure AJ doesn’t lose his fight.”
Joshua and Fury had set a date of August 14 to finally step into the ring, with a location specifically planned for the event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
But despite a contract signed on all sides, the arbitration brought by Wilder ruled that Fury had to face the American before taking other fights.
And Fury’s team would not have offered any side money to Wilder’s team, choosing instead to fulfill the obligation against Wilder in Las Vegas on July 24.
With the deal made for Fury to take on Wilder, Joshua received an order from the World Boxing Organization to take on his mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, and now it looks like the fight is set in September at Tottenham Hotspur.
Fans and Fury both expected Wilder to step down from the trilogy fight following the unilateral TKO stoppage inflicted on him by the Manchester man early last year.
Wilder was dropped twice before his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round, and he has since made bizarre allegations of cheating against Fury, including tampering with gloves and spiking his water.
“I hope he brings a lot more to the ring than last time around,” Fury continued.
“It was a one-sided loss, but I like real challenges. I didn’t think he would take the trilogy fight, but he proved me wrong.
“Either he’s a glutton for punishments, or he’s just coming for the money, because he knows he can’t win.
“At least it’ll be faster for him. He won’t last seven rounds this time.”
Speaking about the cheating allegations, Fury wondered if Wilder had had “mental breakdown” after suffering his first loss, and even offered to help his rival after suffering from his own mental health issues over the years. .
“It’s clear he suffered his first nervous breakdown since I gave him his first loss,” Fury added.
“Not really surprising – I seriously hurt him.
“In addition to the torn biceps he kept talking about, he ended up with a broken shoulder, while I also gave him a cracked skull and two shattered eardrums.
“I tore it to pieces. It felt like it had been run over by an 18-wheeler. Make it a six-foot-nine – then it completely lost the plot with all those crazy allegations.
“I haven’t spoken to him since that night but he has had a lot of mental issues. I would be the best person to help him. I will if he wants to. Maybe not until July 24!”