The Tyson/Anthony Joshua match up was almost happening before a freak court judgement in the US placed a hold on it. The ruling, obtained by Deontay Wilder, challenged Fury to live up to the terms of his contract with Wilder by mandatorily honouring the last of their agreed trilogy bust-up.
Arguably left in the lurch, Joshua received World Boxing Organization, WBO, mandate to defend his titles against Serbian South paw toughie, Oleksandr Usyk. But despite the no-certainty tag on the much awaited Fury/Joshua punch up (which now depends largely on both of them emerging victorious against their different formidable foes), both pugilists are finding comfort thrashing each other at every given opportunity.
Joshua earlier told Gary Neville while appearing onThe Overlap that he is ready to smoke out Fury, vowing whoop the Gypsy King’s arse.
“I’ll smoke that guy,” he said.
But Fury has thundered back while also speaking with on the same show.
:”AJ couldn’t smoke a cigarette. Never mind smoke the ‘Gypsy King’, he taunted
With their fight, initially arranged to be hosted by Saudi Arabia, now consigned to a would-have-been, both seem unable to let go of the fact given the ease with which they still trade words.
Joshua also claimed Fury was never committed to the fight as if it was never going to take place even as arrangements for it were going on or for the matter, that his (Joshua’s) team pressured for it.
“I just know on my end, and my management team and my promoter. We’ve done everything we can to make this happen and as long as I’m champion, I’ll compete with anyone.”
Fury, who described himself as a Spartan inside the ring, promised to prove the point when the time comes. According to him, Joshua, whom he called a businessman and body builder, won’t stand a chance with him.
“The difference between me and him? He’s a businessman and I’m a Spartan. I’ll show him that when I get in the ring.”
While the verbal punch-up between the duo keeps revving, the boxing world is eagerly awaiting the real, inside-the-ring fist fest. That is, if both scale their next but very dicey hurdles.