Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says Anthony Joshua is “finished” after the Brit’s shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in Madison Square Gardens, New York on June 1st. The British heavyweight former world champion, who was making his US debut, lost his IBF, WBA and WBO titles in what was one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Ruiz in turn became the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion.
Immediately after the fight Fury posted a positive message on Twitter saying, “We have our back and Forth’s but @anthonyfjoshua changed his stars through life. heavyweight boxing, these things happen, rest up, recover, regroup and come again.”
But he was less positive of his rival’s comeback chances when asked recently. AFP reported that Fury told the BBC: "When a man doesn't want to be there once, he will always do it and it's hard to come back from.
"It's been done many different times by many different fighters. 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."
Fury is scheduled to fight unbeaten German heavyweight Tom Schwarz on Saturday June 15th. He is expected to fight a rematch against WBC champion Deontay Wilder, with a date for the fight yet to be announced. The two battled to a draw in a thrilling encounter in the Staples Center in Los Angeles in December 2018.
The defeat to Ruiz was the first of Joshua’s career, leaving him with a record 22 wins 21 ko’s and one loss. Fury was previously offered a fight by Joshua, but the Gypsy King seemed confident of the outcome should he ever face the former Olympic champion.
"Everybody thought that man could beat me," said Fury. "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."
The win by Ruiz over Joshua came as a huge surprise not just to boxing fans but casual observers as well. The difference in stature was clear at the weigh-in with Joshua’s fit, chiselled, athletic body compared to the Mexican, who looked overweight. Fury has also been criticised by some for what they perceive as an unathletic body. But the Manchester-born fighter said that the fight proved boxing had nothing to do with body shape.
"Physically Joshua could out-train everyone," said the 30-year-old, who is preparing to fight Germany's Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on Saturday. "He would break every heart monitor, has probably worn out every treadmill in the gym, smashes the bag, it's all very unimportant.
"Boxing isn't rocket science and today people are trying to make it a scientist thing. If you can fight you can fight, if you can't you can forget about it."
Fury won the world title after beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. But he soon had to relinquish his world titles due to inactivity as he took a two-year hiatus from the sport due to mental health and drug problems. He made his return last year and is desperate to win back his belts.