Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury doesn’t think Anthony Joshua will accept Oleksandr Usyk rematch

Joshua lost his heavyweight belts when he was outpointed by Usyk last year and Fury doesn't think his domestic rival will try to avenge his loss

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury isn’t confident that Anthony Joshua ‘s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk will take place.

Joshua has been linked to a rematch with Usyk ever since he lost his unified heavyweight titles to the Ukrainian last September.

The rematch was set in stone until Fury and Usyk teased an undisputed clash with Joshua considering taking step-aside money to allow the fight.

But the undisputed fight will have to wait after step-aside talks – which included Fury’s mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte – fell through at the last minute.

Fury will now defend his world title against Whyte but ‘The Gypsy King’ isn’t sure Joshua will stick to his original plan of rematching Usyk.

Anthony Joshua lost his titles to Oleksandr Usyk last September
Anthony Joshua lost his titles to Oleksandr Usyk last September ( Image: Action Images via Reuters)

“I personally don’t think it happens because Joshua doesn’t want it and two if it does happen, which it won’t, I think Usyk stops him this time,” Fury told iFL TV.

“You heard it here first, and I rarely get them [predictions] wrong to be fair, rarely. By the way, Eddie I see all the stuff you say about me not wanting to fight Usyk.

“Get your man to fight him and get that big L [loss] again, please. Prove me wrong dosser, you work for me.”

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren also backed up his fighter’s comments, by recently stating that Joshua “doesn’t fancy” a rematch with Usyk.

Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has become embroiled in a war of words with Fury, suggesting the step-aside deal collapsed because Fury didn’t want to face the Ukrainian.

Hearn added that Fury tried to change the step-aside deal when it was close to being finalised, demanding a warm-up fight that ended the negotiations.

But Fury has insisted he would fight both Usyk and Joshua on the same night, labelling the pair as “bums” compared to him.

“I’d fight Usyk seven days a week, 62 times on a Sunday in his backyard. I’d fight Usyk and Joshua on the same night, I don’t value them, they’re bums compared to me,” he continued.

“So as for avoiding somebody, I’ve just fought Deontay Wilder three times. Do you think I’m bothered about a middleweight or some bodybuilder? I’ll annihilate them.

“Just for everybody to know, the only reason this fight fell of bed was because AJ wanted more money last minute and he thought I was going to give him an extra five million.

“Usyk will get his fight with me not a problem, when he’s beat Joshua again. Then Joshua has no chance in fighting for the undisputed championship, end of.”

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