Tyson Fury ‘absolutely wounded’ by Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk


Tyson Fury (left) and Deontay Wilder
Fury will fight Wilder for a third time in Las Vegas on 9 October

Tyson Fury said he was “absolutely wounded” that British heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua lost the WBA, WBO and IBF titles to Oleksandr Usyk.

WBC champion Fury looked set for a unification bout with Joshua earlier this year before an arbitration hearing ruled he had to fight Deontay Wilder.

Usyk beat Joshua by a unanimous points decision in London last Saturday.

“I was hoping Joshua could win the fight, but he couldn’t – and that’s none of my business,” said Fury.

“The only thing I’m bothered about is beating Deontay Wilder, and that’s the most dangerous heavyweight out there.

“In my opinion, Wilder beats Joshua, Usyk, all the rest of the division, comfortable – but he cannot beat me.”

Unbeaten Fury will face American Wilder on 9 October in Las Vegas in what will be their third fight. The pair drew their first bout in December 2018 and the Briton won the next by a seventh round knockout in February 2020.

The trilogy fight was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on 24 July but was postponed after Fury tested positive for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Joshua plans to activate a rematch clause to fight Ukraine’s Usyk again.

“My advice to Joshua in the rematch is get stuck in the best way he knows how, put his best foot forward and swing away, Jack, swing away,” said Fury.

He added he had “no interest in slating anybody or kicking anybody while they are down” as “it ain’t my style”.

“I like to pick on someone who is doing well, successful, on top of the game – I don’t like picking on people who are down and probably at their lowest point and probably mentally unstable and unwell with a big loss after such a long reign,” said Fury.

“Usyk did his job, he had to do what he had to do, and that’s that, and Joshua has got to do what he has got to do.”



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