‘When he was turning pro, I was putting on gloves for the first time!’ Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury is ‘six years ahead of him’ but insists he does NOT find the Gypsy King ‘intimidating’ ahead of potential clash in 2021
- Anthony Joshua has a financial agreement in place with fellow Brit Tyson Fury
- The agreement means the pair are set to face off next year for all the belts
- Yet Joshua emphasised that in boxing experience, Fury is years ahead of him
- Despite that, AJ believes The Gypsy King does not provide a ‘massive threat’
The British pair, who hold all the world heavyweight title belts between them, have a financial agreement in place for two fights next year, though both are likely to have bouts before they face-off.
While AJ is set to fight mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, Fury could face Deontay Wilder for the third time – yet Joshua did not shy away from comparing himself from Fury ahead of a potential unification clash in 2021.
Anthony Joshua last beat Andy Ruiz Jr in December but now has his eyes set on Tyson Fury
Fury last knocked out Deontay Wilder and the British pair have an agreement to meet next year
‘Being world champion, with all those knockouts, you do feel kind of unstoppable,’ Joshua told GQ Middle East.
‘But realistically, in boxing terms, I’m way ahead of where I should be. I’m working at such a quick pace. I shouldn’t even be in a position where I’m mentioned in Tyson Fury’s era.
‘He’s five or six years ahead of me in terms of turning professional. In fact, when he was turning pro, I was just putting on my gloves for the first time.’
Joshua, 30, first fought professionally in October 2013, having won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London, while Fury, 32, fought professionally for the first time in December 2008.
Joshua, two years younger than Fury, turned professional five years after the Gypsy King did
Following a shock first loss of his career to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019, Joshua avenged that defeat by winning the rematch in Saudi Arabia in December.
Fury, meanwhile, is still unbeaten in his professional career and produced a stunning performance to knockout Wilder in February.
An all-British bout for the right to be called unified heavyweight champion of the world would be a blockbuster event and Joshua insists he does not see Fury as a ‘massive threat’.
‘Tyson needs educating. All us athletes do. We often didn’t go far in school, so a lot of our comments and actions aren’t great. But let’s talk about him as a boxer,’ Joshua added.
‘I don’t find him intimidating and I haven’t seen him do anything in the ring where I think, ‘this guy is going to be a massive threat’.
‘He’s talented and he’s awkward, and that’s often enough to get you quite far in life.’