Fury explains why Joshua’s trainer is “recipe for disaster” for Usyk showdown
EXCLUSIVE: Tyson Fury has spoken to Mirror Sport about Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk
Tyson Fury reckons the methods of Anthony Joshua’s new trainer Rob Garcia will be a “recipe for disaster” in his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
And the WBC world heavyweight champion is convinced the only way his fellow Brit can set up a potential unification fight will be if he lets Fury train him himself.
Fury, who softened his stance that he has hung up his gloves before confirming his retirement u-turn, said: “Now AJ has this American trainer, Rob Garcia, he is going to put AJ on the front foot and make him attack, and that’s a recipe for disaster.
“Without trying to slate AJ or anything, because he has done well, he has had a great career, he doesn’t have the engine to do that for 12 rounds. He doesn’t have the toughness to take punches on the way in and he doesn’t have the b******s to put everything on the line, do or die, and make it a four-round fight. He doesn’t have the grit or determination to do that. So unless he comes to Morecambe and lets me train him for this fight, I see another loss, to be fair.”
Asked what he would tell AJ to do against Usyk, who won the first fight by unanimous decision, Fury added: “That would be telling, wouldn’t it? I don’t give my stuff away. But if he wants to beat Oleksandr Usyk in any way other than a knockout punch he needs to come to Morecambe Bay. If not, he gets another ‘L’ on his record.”
Fury had retired eight weeks ago after beating Dillian Whyte at Wembley before u-turning on that decision. Long term, however, he is open to training fighters who he feels would benefit from his wide-ranging knowledge of boxing.
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He added: “I’ve a lot of experience in the game at all levels. I’ve a lot of experience with the lawyers and management side, and all that stuff. The last three or four years I’ve been managing my own career and doing what I’ve got to do. I’ve done it all myself so I’d definitely be a good asset to anyone who wanted my help. I’ve been looking after Joseph Parker for the last year or so, two years, and he has come on leaps and bounds, we’ve got him some good deals, so it has been pretty good.
“So I never say never with training people, although what I expect from people sometimes doesn’t exist. I want to train everybody like I fight, and if you ever trained anyone to fight, it would be a case of, ‘Do not do anything Tyson Fury does’. The way I box can never be replicated. I’m 6ft 9in, I move pretty good, I’ve got speed, I’m a counter-puncher, presser, I have my hands down at all times.
“I don’t look at my opponents most of the time. It’s just a crazy style that only I can do. It’s a unique style that either fits you or it doesn’t — I’ve had 32 fights and it has really worked a treat. By the time opponents have got to grips with it we’re already in round 10, if we’ve got that far and they’re not already on the canvas. It’s not just something you can train, it’s a God-given talent.”
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