Tyson Fury opens up on ‘dark days’ with his mental health
Tyson Fury admits he is in no rush to take on Anthony Joshua, with the world plunged into further chaos due to the COVID pandemic. But the champion insists when the two men do fight, the fans will see his future opponent’s recent bold claims are a lie.
Fury and Joshua currently hold all of heavyweight boxing’s major belts and are set to fight in 2021 to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in more than 20 years.
No one has held that honour in the heavyweight division since Lennox Lewis in April 2000 but with Joshua currently occupying the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles and Fury with the WBC strap, the two have a chance to secure greatness.
Talks between the two camps have been ongoing but with the Coronavirus pandemic forcing the country into further lockdowns in 2021, Fury insists he is happy to wait for the right time.
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Fury told Sky Sports: “Whenever the fight happens, it happens, I’m not in a rush, I’ve not got six months to live or anything like that. The world is in a pandemic situation at the moment.
“It’s not just me and my sport that’s affected, it’s the whole world.
“Whenever the world gets back to normal, whatever normal may consist of after this pandemic then that’s when the fight will happen.”
A Fury-Joshua contest would arguably be one of the biggest fights in recent history, with the chance to unify boxing’s most-talked-about division for the first time in 20 years.
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Joshua kept the dream of a superfight alive on December 12 when he knocked out Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round.
After the fight, the Watford boxer stated he wants to take Fury’s “head off his shoulders” when the long-awaited bout takes place in 2021.
Fury has always insisted he would beat Joshua if the pair were to meet and the 32-year-old believes the 2012 Olympic champion is not as confident of victory as he claims.
Fury told Fox Miami: “I don’t think he’s as good as people crack him up to be, or he doesn’t believe he is, his own self. He’s got a confidence issue.
“It’s a nice quote. The fight has been brewing for a long time. They’ve been avoiding me for a long time. Now it’s finally got to happen.
“I’ve never seen him take anybody’s head off anybody’s shoulders in all of his 22 fights. It’s probably a lie, another lie. We’ll see if he’s got the guts to try and do it.”
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