Tyson Fury has slammed heavyweight Derek Chisora after his former rival predicted Anthony Joshua to come out on top should he and the Gypsy King ever share a ring.
Chisora – who has twice fallen short against Fury and most recently suffered a devastating rematch defeat to Joseph Parker – predicted Joshua’s ‘unbelievable’ power punch would be too much for the Gypsy King.
Fury took to social media to refute the claim, insisting he would stop his British rival within three rounds, though believing he will be beaten to the punch by Oleksandr Usyk, who he says will beat Joshua by stoppage in their eagerly-anticipated rematch, likely to take place this spring.
Tyson Fury insisted he would knock Anthony Joshua out as he slammed Derek Chisora
It came after Chisora (R) picked Anthony Joshua (L) to win a showdown against the Gypsy King
Fury, who remains without an opponent following his stunning trilogy win over Deontay Wilder in October, had a clear message for the British veteran.
‘This is a message for Derek Chisora,’ Fury said. ‘I’ve just seen that you said you think AJ would blast me out. Never in a million years.
‘If the biggest heavyweight in history (Deontay Wilder) couldn’t blast me out, and Wladamir Klitschko couldn’t blast me out, a big old body builder can’t blast me out, my friend.’
He continued: ‘So, Del, he ain’t got the bottle to fight Usyk again. Usyk will smash him next time, properly. Never mind beating him on points, he’ll knock him out.
‘But listen, it only takes one man like me, there’s only ever been one man on these shores and he’s called the Gypsy King, a.k.a Tyson Fury.’
Fury insists Joshua will be stopped by Oleksandr Usyk in their eagerly-anticipated rematch
Chisora, who insists he’s not ready to retire following his third straight defeat, signed to Joshua’s sports management company, 258 MGT, in September last year as he targeted redemption, believing he was robbed in his first loss to Parker.
The 38-year-old believes Joshua will fare better in his respective rematch, insisting the Brit will avenge his defeat to Usyk to become a three-time heavyweight champion.
Chisora also claimed Joshua will emerge victorious if a future match-up against Fury does eventually come to fruition.
‘I’ll go with AJ,’ he told talkSPORT radio. ‘AJ’s power punch is unbelievable. If AJ fights Fury, he has to go on him straight away, blast him out. He can’t box him. If he boxes with him, he loses.
‘If you give Fury time on the ball then you’re in trouble.’
Fury claimed an emphatic stoppage win over Deontay Wilder in their epic trilogy in October
Joshua and Fury were set for an historic double-header last year, having signed a two-fight deal, with the first set to take place in Saudi Arabia in August.
That fell through as Wilder won an arbitration case to enforce a trilogy bout between the pair, before being emphatically stopped once again.
With Usyk and Joshua now occupied, Fury has until January 18 to agree to a fight against mandatory challenger and interim champion Dillian Whyte, before it goes to a purse bid.