By Jeff Aranow: Tyson Fury wasn’t impressed with what he saw from Anthony Joshua with his win over Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Joshua was fought to a standstill until he caught the 39-year-old Povetkin with a big shot and knocked him down in round 7.
Joshua then came on strong to finish Povetkin off to extend his unbeaten streak to 22 with 21 knockouts. After the fight, Joshua failed to mention Fury’s name. Fury took notice of Joshua not naming him as a potential opponent for his April 13th fight, and it clearly bothers the 29-year-old.
Fury faces WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on December 1. A win for Fury against Wilder will put him in the crosshairs by Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn. It’ll likely be too late for Fury to get a fight against Joshua on April 13 though, because Hearn wants to have AJ’s opponent locked up in the next three weeks.
“I think it’s safe to say now that Matchroom and Joshua will never fight the Gypsy King, never,” Fury said on his Instagram. “They mention that if it’s not Wilder, it’ll be Whyte. There’s no mention of Tyson Fury, the linear champion of the world. So he ain’t going to fight me. So he fights a 39-year-old half his size. Today is the real evidence that I’m fighting the best heavyweight out there in Deontay Wilder. Joshua is not even close. He’s slow, ponderous at times. He’s powerful, yes, but we all are. It’s very, very clear to say that he’s avoiding me at all costs. If I was you, Joshua, I’d avoid me, because I would jab your face off, you bum. You’re a bum. You can’t box. It’s an easy night’s work. I’ve never seen a bigger bum in my life,” Fury said.
Joshua looked flawed tonight against Povetkin. Fury saw what a lot of boxing fans observed in how Joshua was getting hammered by a very old and shop worn Povetkin. Fury is a lot taller and younger than Povetkin. Fury would have a good chance of beating Joshua with the way that he fought tonight. Povetkin deserves a lot of credit for making Joshua look so ordinary, as he was nailing him with shots and taking advantage of all he mistakes he was making in the fight. Joshua was tiring his own self out by moving needlessly and not gaining much from it. With Joshua’s size advantage, he should have been able to dominate Povetkin on the outside, but he couldn’t. Joshua’s performance against Povetkin sows that he would be at risk of losing to the likes of Fury, Wilder, Jarrell Miller and an improved Dillian Whyte.