Tyson Fury offered a withering assessment of heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua by claiming the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world champion ‘couldn’t smoke a cigarette, never mind smoke the Gypsy King’.
Fury sat down with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville as part of his Overlap series.
Neville, who spoke to Joshua four weeks ago, showed Fury a clip of his interview with Joshua in which the Watford-born fighter claims it was his opposition that backed out of a heavyweight unification bout.
Tyson Fury sat down with Gary Neville and gave a damning assessment of Anthony Joshua
Joshua is the the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world champion but is missing Fury’s WBC world title
In the clip, Joshua says: ‘It’s not me, it’s the other side that are letting it down.
‘We had the deal in place, we were the ones who found the venue, we were the ones who took the offer to them and they bailed out on not only me but also the boxing world. I’ll smoke that guy, I will.’
Morecambe-born heavyweight Fury almost laughs off Joshua’s trash talk before he gives a damning teardown of ‘southern w****r’ promoter Eddie Hearn.
‘AJ couldn’t smoke a cigarette never mind the Gypsy King,’ Fury said.
Fury (left), who is preparing for a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder (right), shared his view
Fury doesn’t believe Joshua can ‘smoke him’ as he says that he will ‘annihilate’ his British rival
‘He hasn’t got the minerals to fight a man like me. I said to Eddie Hearn that the difference between me and him is that he’s a businessman and I’m a f*****g Spartan and I’ll show him that when I get in the ring.
‘I will absolutely annihilate that bodybuilder. It won’t go past six rounds, it will be over quickly. He knows that and his full team know it and that’s why Eddie Hearn has been steering round me for the last 10 years.’
Fury goes on to add that Hearn, who runs Matchroom Boxing, has previously had the chance to sign him to his catalogue of fighters but passed it up.
And there is no love lost between Hearn and Fury on the side of the WBC heavyweight champion.
‘Eddie Hearn, he is a proper southern w****r,’ Fury added, sending Neville into a fit of laughter.
The Morecambe fighter also tore into ‘southern w****r’ Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua
‘I love to terrorise Eddie because he loves to talk s**t about people that he’s got nothing to do with.
‘All Eddie Hearn’s ever done is talk rubbish about me because he knows it gets him hits and viewing figures in interviews. At the end of the day, what has he ever achieved in his life? He’s never been a boxer. He goes around like he’s world heavyweight champion but he ain’t. He’s just a businessman.’
Plans for a unification bout in Saudi Arabia collapsed and now both Fury and Joshua are in training camp for upcoming fights.
Fury is facing American foe Deontay Wilder in a trilogy contest on October 9, while Joshua is taking on Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.
If both come through unscathed then the duo will again find themselves under pressure to finally meet in a unification bout.
Neville (left) walked the beach with Fury to gain a greater understanding of the ‘Gypsy King’
According to Fury’s father John, the Gypsy King has earmarked December as the month for that spectacle to take place – such is his confidence in beating Wilder once again having controversially drawn the first fight before stopping him in the rematch.
‘He’s trying to get Joshua in December,’ Fury senior told GiveMeSport. ‘We’re going for that fight this year.
‘Because we see Wilder as no threat at all once he’s done the camp right.
‘If he’s done everything right to the letter, Wilder ain’t a problem, he’s got his number, beat him twice, beat him like a ragdoll, beat him to a pulp last time.
‘Wilder has got nothing to offer him at all, only that big punch. And believe me, what I’m seeing in the new trainer, we know a lot about him as well, so we’ve got no fear at all.’
The Overlap is a new YouTube channel from Gary Neville in partnership with Sky Bet.