Tyson Fury claims Anthony Joshua’s career is over after his shock defeat by ‘short little fat guy’ Andy Ruiz Jr in New York on June 1.
Fury and Joshua are heavyweight rivals in the boxing world, but Fury pulled no punches in his latest assessment of AJ during an interview this week.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘When you claim to be the world’s best fighter and you’re built like Anthony Joshua and you get in there with a short little fat guy and get knocked out… curtains, where I come from.
‘You’ve got this guy who’s knocking out everybody, he’s took this other guy at a few weeks’ notice, he was a last-minute replacement, he goes in there and gets knocked out.
‘He doesn’t even look like he wants to be in there for the fight, by the way. And then everyone’s making a million excuses, oh this happened, yada yada yada.’
Joshua went into the bout with a 22-0 record, 21 of which were knockouts, and he was the huge favourite to continue his unbeaten career.
Despite that, Ruiz conjured up one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight boxing, beating the Brit by TKO in the seventh round.
After the fight, Fury had sent a message on Twitter that urged his fellow Brit to ‘rest up, recover, regroup and come again’.
But this week he has changed his tune. In a further interview with BBC Sport, Fury said: ‘When a man doesn’t want to be there once, he will always do it and it’s hard to come back from.
‘He did it that night and I don’t think he will come back from it. Finished. Ask any top trainer who has been around the sport a lifetime. When he got to the ring I saw he didn’t want to be there.
‘Everybody thought that man could beat me. In what world could he ever beat me? What were people seeing?
‘I don’t know what people were looking at as I don’t know in what world he could have beaten me.’
Fury is gearing up for a fight of his own in Las Vegas this weekend, where he will come up against Tom Schwarz.
The German has a 24-0 record, while Fury has 27 wins and one draw – against Deontay Wilder – from his 28 bouts.