Anthony Joshua has referred to as Tyson Fury a ‘warm-up act’ and given attention-grabbing new feedback reflecting on his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.
The unified heavyweight champion made no excuses within the speedy aftermath of his first profession loss in 2019 and went on to regain his belts of their rematch six months later.
AJ did say he felt Ruiz Jr benefitted from a ‘fortunate punch despatched by the gods’ in an interview which passed off between the 2 fights, however by no means put any assist behind claims from followers who mentioned he was ‘not himself’ within the ring that night time.
Some observers checked out Joshua on his ring stroll and insisted they observed variations in him earlier than the primary bell.
The Brit dismissed this discuss… till now.
Joshua merely informed JD Sports activities: “The primary Ruiz battle, I do know that wasn’t me.
“You’ll be able to see within the ring stroll and me standing within the ring, that wasn’t me.”
Trying ahead, AJ additionally had lots to say about his probably subsequent opponent Fury.
“He can convey no matter he needs, it don’t matter to me,” Joshua continued.
“The press convention antics, the battle antics, the fingers behind the again, I really like that stuff that’s all a part of it you understand that’s his job, however my job is to shut the present.
“He’s a warm-up act, he’s there to do all that stuff however in the end my job is to shut the present and that’s all that issues.
“For him, he mentioned that after he fights me, possibly he fights Derek Chisora, then he’s able to go off into the sundown.
“For me, I’ve nonetheless received a lot extra I wish to do on this boxing sport, the street to undisputed is a part of the journey it’s not the top to the journey.
“That’s why I do know I’ll get previous this battle as a result of I’m wanting previous him, I would like extra, this isn’t the place it stops.
“The battle, god-willing, will likely be this yr. I’m saying it’s going to be this yr, I’m going to talk it into existence and I will likely be victorious.”