Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua has gained support from fellow-Brit, Tyson Fury, ahead of his December 7 rematch with Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jnr in Saudi Arabia.
However, Fury’s support is not coming because he is Joshua’s compatriot, but due to his desire to get a world title fight against ‘AJ’ in the aftermath of him regaining his belts.
Joshua lost all three belts to Ruiz in a shock loss during his USA debut at Madison Square Garden, USA on June 1st, but he now has support coming from another former champ, as Fury wants ‘AJ’ to win in his rematch so that he can arrange a fight with the Nigerian-born pugilist.
‘AJ’ is set to take on Ruiz in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, six months after the Mexican caused one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing history by ending the former champion’s unbeaten record and, though Fury is also preparing for his first experience in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), openly declared where his support is lying.
He stressed that he wants Joshua to get his career back on track with victory so that the two can fight each other, but admits that he will willingly take on Ruiz himself if not, but admits his focus for now is on his fight with Braun Strowman in the WWE arena in Saudi Arabia on October 31.
While he also waits for America’s Deontay Wilder to defend his WBC crown against Luis Ortiz on November 23, Fury has already clashed with Strowman, with the two involved in a brawl in the ring on WWE Monday Night Raw, with security staff initially struggling to contain the situation, yet the maverick fighter still has time to talk about Joshua vs Ruiz II.
Fury told Good Morning Britain: “If Deontay [Wilder] loses in November against Luis Ortiz, I would take the winner of AJ vs Ruiz Jr in February or March. I hope he [Joshua] gets his belts back because it makes a massive fight between me and him. But if he doesn’t then I will just have to go and beat up Andy Ruiz Jr.
“They have both lost quite a bit of weight and I think it will be a fantastic fight, the first one was although it did not go the way everyone was expecting. These big upset-rematches are always great to watch.”