Nigerian-born heavyweight boxer, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua may have seen the last of his long line of heroics in the roped square, it the verdict of his loquacious rival, Tyson Fury are anything to go by.
While fight fans and pundits alike are of a view that ‘AJ’ will bounce back from his June 1 shock defeat by Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jnr, on his debut in America, fellow-Brit, Fury has predicted that Joshua’s career is over.
Fury was no-holds-barred in his latest assessment of Joshua, who he mocked for losing to ‘a short little fat guy,’ and reckons it is curtains up for the London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist.
Joshua went into the bout with a 22-0 record, 21 of which were knockouts, and he was the huge favourite to continue his unbeaten career.
Despite that, Ruiz conjured up one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight boxing, beating the Brit by TKO in the seventh round.
Fury is gearing up for a fight of his own in Las Vegas this weekend, where he will come up against Tom Schwarz of Germany, who has a 24-0 record, while the Brit has 27 wins and one draw – against Deontay Wilder – from his 28 bouts; a rate card he believes now betters that of Joshua.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Fury said: “When you claim to be the world’s best fighter and you’re built like Anthony Joshua and you get in there with a short little fat guy and get knocked out… curtains, where I come from.
“You’ve got this guy who’s knocking out everybody, he’s took this other guy at a few weeks’ notice, he was a last-minute replacement, he goes in there and gets knocked out.
“He doesn’t even look like he wants to be in there for the fight, by the way. And then everyone’s making a million excuses, oh this happened, yada yada yada.”