Fury has revealed that Joshua sent him a series of messages threatening to beat him up, as the undisputed fight remains on the cards for after the Briton’s rematch with Wilder
Tyson Fury has revealed that Anthony Joshua sent him a series of messages during his training camp in America as he prepared for the Deontay Wilder trilogy.
Fury was expected to face his domestic rival in an undisputed heavyweight title clash in Saudi Arabia before the plug was pulled and he was forced to face Wilder in a third meeting.
And as he looked set to make his ring return, the fight was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in his training camp and he will now face Wilder in October.
But the Briton has revealed that during his initial training camp for the trilogy bout, Joshua sent him messages threatening to “smash his face in”.
“I said okay do what you want I don’t really care, for them I think it is all about money and getting a few quid and doing what they have to do which I respect.
“We have been trying to do this fight since I was 22, and now I am 33 so I don’t think this fight is ever gonna happen, but the problem is when these fighters lose a fight its game over for them.
Fury has been sceptical of the clash with Joshua in the past, with the pair always finding a way to avoid each other despite regularly Face-timing each other and calling for a fight.
But Fury heaped further criticism on Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn who he believes stopped the fight from happening for almost “ten years”.
“AJ couldn’t smoke a cigarette, never mind smoke the ‘Gypsy King’,” Fury told The Overlap. “I will absolutely annihilate that bodybuilder. That’s why Eddie Hearn’s been steering around me for the past 10 years.
“I have never been optimistic about this fight happening, even when the fight was agreed initially and we were set to go at it in Saudi Arabia, but I still wasn’t optimistic about it, and guess what it never happened, but I do feel this fight will happen eventually.
“I do think sooner or later it will happen, even if we have to go completely awol and bin all the belts to make the fight happen between us for whatever reason.
“I am willing to do that, but I am not sure he is.
Several options could be next for Fury, who called out another domestic rival in Dillian Whyte when he named a five-fight shortlist for his upcoming contests.
A former retired heavyweight David Haye also called out the 33-year-old after his victory over Joe Fournie r on a Triller ‘Legends’ card last weekend.
But Fury has refused to overlook Wilder, with his opponent threatening consequences should the lineal heavyweight champion “pull out” from the trilogy bout.
And the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has slammed his opponent for a Covid “lie” and has told Fury to “burn in hell” in a furious attack on his famous foe.