The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Joshua ‘needs to fight’ fellow heavyweight champion Fury

Joshua ‘needs to fight’ fellow heavyweight champion Fury

BOXING: Anthony Joshua has said he needs a fight against Tyson Fury “on my record” before his career is finished because boxing as a whole required at least one bout between the two British heavyweights.

Boxing
By AFP

Tuesday 14 September 2021, 03:47PM


Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

Between them, the two boxers currently hold all the major versions of the heavyweight world title.

Talks of a unification ‘superfight’, which went on for months, appeared to be on the brink of ending in an agreement earlier this year only for a United States arbitrator to rule Fury had to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.

As a result Fury, having previously drawn with and then stopped Wilder, is set to make the maiden defence of his World Boxing Council (WBC) belt against the American in Las Vegas next month.

Before then, Joshua is set to face World Boxing Organization (WBO) mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in London on September 25, with a crowd of some 60,000 expected at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home of the Premier League club.

But Joshua, also the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion, knows that a fight against Fury is the contest boxing fans want to see and that a question mark will hang over his career if he does not face the ‘Gypsy King’.

“Do I need Tyson Fury on my record? I need it,” Joshua told the BBC 5 Live boxing podcast.

“We need it for boxing. It’s what we all need, I need it. Come on, let’s see how good I am.

“Fight good fighters and they bring out the best of you. Training camp is hard. To get better is very difficult in boxing. To fight Tyson Fury is a big challenge.”

Joshua added: “Let’s see how far I can take myself during this period. It’ll be a good challenge mentally. Not about him, but because I actually want to do well.

“When I wake up in the morning early and I’m tired, my body’s battered, I still go out and do what I do. It’s great rewards and only someone like Fury can give that to me.”

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket officials mull easing domestic entry requirements

Foreigners need 1pcr before flight and 1pcr test at the arrival and domestic just 1 pcr test 7 days ...(Read More)


Phuket drug bust nets over 1kg ya ice

again a few very small fishes in the middle of a pond...clearly samll guys and dealers to the retail...(Read More)


Phuket officials mull easing domestic entry requirements

It was the whole 7 days window for tests that led directly to the outbreaks now, it is basiclly the ...(Read More)


DDC closes in on new dose target

I got a walk-in first dose of Sinovac Aug 24th and a appointed 2nd dose of AZ Sept 13 and so along w...(Read More)


Phuket officials mull easing domestic entry requirements

if you want tourism to kick in then do exactly the same for foreign travellers as domestic! if you ...(Read More)


Phuket officials mull easing domestic entry requirements

oh dear... now they think the thais will help the economy of the island to recover? wtf is wrong wit...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: To those who care

Thank you for writing this editorial. it's good to know about One Phuket and how to help...(Read More)


Phuket marks 235 new COVID cases

Cherng-Telay Or Bor Tor erected costly brass and steel street sign posts. Look into that procureme...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: To those who care

Assistance from my govt., in way of of about 120,000 baht so far- was deposited directly into my ba...(Read More)


Surachate in Phuket to launch ‘Old Phuket Town Smart Safety Zone’

the word smart and police in the same article is the Joke of the year, or the "Big Joke " ...(Read More)