Anthony Joshua savages Tyson Fury and his team for letting ‘the boxing world down’ after their ‘Battle of Britain’ bout collapsed… but superstar still insists the ‘fight HAS to happen’ because it is ‘bigger than the belts’The proposed super-fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury fell through Fury was told by a US court that he must instead take on Deontay Wilder again The shock decision left the ‘Battle of Britain’ in the lurch and both parties furious Joshua has now lashed out at his heavyweight rival to blame him for the collapse
Anthony Joshua has pinned the blame on Tyson Fury for the collapse of their much-anticipated bout, but still believes the duo may step into the ring.
The titanic clash to become the undisputed heavyweight world champion fell through after a court in the United States ruled that Fury must take on Deontay Wilder for a third time, with that fight set for July 24.
Joshua, meanwhile, will instead defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in London in September – but his sights are still firmly set on eventually taking on rival Fury.
Anthony Joshua has blamed rival Tyson Fury for the collapse of their heavyweight super-fight
When asked about the ‘Battle of Britain’, Joshua told Sky Sports: ‘Unfortunately his team let the whole boxing world down.’
In the wake of the arbitration hearing that all but ended hopes of the August showdown in Saudi Arabia, Joshua labelled Fury a ‘fraud’ after the two become embroiled in a furious social media bust-up.
Watford-born superstar Joshua even accused the Gypsy King of using the controversy to back out of the contest, which provoked Fury into immediately challenging him to a bare-knuckle brawl.
Fury will now face Deontay Wilder for a third time after a court ruled in his opponent’s favour
After the ‘Battle of Britain’ bout was scuppered, Joshua accused Fury of leading their fans on
And with the tension between the pair rumbling on, Joshua has now described their match-up as being ‘bigger than boxing’.
‘End of the year. Let me get past Usyk first,’ Joshua added. ‘But with or without Usyk in my life, I will fight Fury.
‘Usyk isn’t the be-all and end-all. Usyk doesn’t determine the Fury fight.
‘The Fury fight has to happen. It’s a big fight, bigger than boxing, bigger than the belts. It will happen. After the Usyk fight, after I defend my belts.
After the arbitration hearing told him to face Wilder (R) again, Fury quickly hit back at Joshua
Fury told his rival he was ‘spouting absolute s***’ and even invited him to a bare knuckle brawl
‘The fight will be bigger, better than what it would have been.’
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has recently admitted that Joshua likely fears his fight with Fury may now never happen, despite the recent bullish comments.
‘AJ, in his head, probably thinks the fight will never happen,’ Hearn said. ‘I would like to be more hopeful and I think it will happen.
‘If AJ knocks out Usyk and Fury knocks out Wilder then, in four months’ time, we are talking about an even bigger fight.
Eddie Hearn revealed recently that Joshua likely believes his fight with Fury will never happen
Matchroom supremo Hearn also lifted the lid on a heated phone call between him and Bob Arum, Tyson Fury’s promoter, after the fight was scuppered. The two influential figures spent around a third of a year thrashing out the deal.
Hearn told talkSPORT: ‘I actually called Bob Arum after the arbitration ruling, I said, “What on Earth has happened here?” He said, “Oh you won’t believe it, I can’t believe it, it’s just ridiculous, but we’re gonna do this fight.”
‘I said, “What are you talking about? I’ve just worked for four months to make this fight, financially it’s an unbelievable opportunity for both guys, it’s the undisputed heavyweight world championship, go and do something about it.”
‘He said, “What can I do? Nothing.”‘
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