Tyson Fury thinks that Anthony Joshua has a confidence issue and believes that within two rounds he will knock out his heavyweight rival.
Later this year, the unification fight between WBC champion Fury and Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, could be on the cards.
Joshua said he wanted to “take Fury’s head off his shoulders,” after his victory over Kubrat Pulev last month, but Fury doesn’t think his rival is showing off.
Fury said on Sky Sports, “I don’t think he’s as good as people make him out to be, or he doesn’t believe in himself,” “He has a problem of trust. Two shaky results he’s coming off and boxing is about who’s in shape and who’s not.
“He wasn’t in shape in his last two fights. I’m in shape in mine, so there’s momentum on my side, and I just think I can knock him out early, really early, in one or two rounds, maybe.
Fury is hopeful that the contest, which will be one of the best in the history of British boxing, will take place as soon as possible.
“Whenever the world gets back to normal, after this pandemic, whatever normal might be, then this battle will continue,” he said. “For a long time, this fight has been brewing. For a long time, they’ve been avoiding me and now it really has to happen.
“Either they run from the fight and announce it publicly or they take the fight. Either way it’s a lose-lose situation for him.”
Fury insists that the fight must take place earlier rather than later and contrasts the fight with the one between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao that eventually took place in 2015.
“Boxing is one of those sports where you rarely see the best fight the best,” Fury said. The champion is always choosing his rivals, and you never get two of the best guys to fight each other.
“We saw the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, we waited 10 years for that fight. I believe Pacquiao was past his prime when it actually happened.
Perhaps four or five years ago, it should have occurred.
“So let’s hope we get a one-on-one fight, not just with the two best heavyweights out there, but with two heavyweights who are in their prime and not past it.”