Tyson Fury ‘definitely’ wants Anthony Joshua to beat Oleksandr Usyk in heavyweight title clash

Joshua and Usyk will meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night

Dylan Terry
Thursday 23 September 2021 10:59
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<p>Fury is keen for Joshua to beat Usyk this weekend as he plans an undisputed clash</p>

Fury is keen for Joshua to beat Usyk this weekend as he plans an undisputed clash

Tyson Fury has revealed he will be rooting for Anthony Joshua to beat Oleksandr Usyk in their world heavyweight title fight this weekend.

Joshua and Usyk will step into the ring at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London as they clash for the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.

And Fury, who holds the WBC title, is keen for fellow Briton Joshua to come out on top against the undefeated Ukrainian.

He said: “I watch all the boxing fights, every single one that happens I watch so of course I’m going to watch a heavyweight championship fight, for sure.

“Do I want him to win? Definitely. Because it doesn’t make much sense in me beating Usyk up. I’d much prefer to beat Joshua up, it’s a bigger fight and people want to see it more.

“He’s got a tough fight, you know? Usyk is no mug. People say to me, ‘He’s too small,’ and this and that, but the guy is bigger than Muhammad Ali, he’s bigger than Mike Tyson and he’s bigger than Evander Holyfield.

“All them guys, big, same size and the same weight. He’s definitely a good fighter. If Usyk does win then he will cost us a few quid. Then again, we have lost plenty of money in the past so it doesn’t really matter, does it? There’s plenty to go around.”

Fury and Joshua were set to meet in an undisputed clash in the summer before an arbitrator ruled that Deontay Wilder had the contractual right to a trilogy fight with Fury.

And so the 33-year-old Briton will now face Wilder in Las Vegas on 9 October as they bid to put their rivalry to bed once and for all.

There is an expectation among those in the sport that the winner of Joshua-Usyk will face the winner of Fury-Wilder III next year.

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