Tyson Fury sends message to 'bully' Deontay Wilder
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Tyson Fury was reportedly left stunned – both physically and mentally – by a young Anthony Joshua when the two sparred in 2010. The two British boxers have a burgeoning rivalry developing between them with fans itching for the two to clash in the ring.
Joshua currently holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO boxing titles while Fury is the WBC champion.
There were rumours a deal had been struck for the highly-anticipated all-British bout to unify the division and name the undisputed champion of the world, but an arbitration ruled in favour of Deontay Wilder, forcing Fury to fight the American for a third time.
While fans have been robbed of a Joshua and Fury so far, the pair have met and fought in a ring before.
Before a few officials and gym members at the ABC gym in Finchley back in 2010, Fury offered a Rolex if someone could drop him as he searched for sparring partner – and Joshua stepped up.
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The 31-year-old had just triumphed at the ABA championships in London and was preparing for his run to Olympic gold in 2012.
“A friend of mine George Carman, a boxing man, rang me up and said Tyson is coming down to London to do Steve Bunce’s hour,” coach Sean Murphy recalled to BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I’ve got committee members all standing at the back, people have got wind he’s going to be here and then Tyson puts his hands together and he goes ‘bring it on’.”
Murphy then asked if Fury’s team would pay Joshua for the sparring, as he was a mere amateur from a council estate, but Fury’s team insisted they were not interested in testing the young Brit.
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Fury has since admitted he was planning to go easy on Joshua early in the session, but the Gypsy King was rocked instantly by the young pretender.
“I think he was expecting – because he knew Josh was 18 and hadn’t been boxing – an easy few rounds,” Murphy added. “They’ve come out and Josh has thrown an uppercut, left hook and he’s on wobbly legs!
“He’s holding the ropes and I’m telling him ‘no you can’t do that you can’t hold the ropes’ and he gets off, but Josh got the better of him in the third round.
“I’ve said to him for the second to just go and do what he’s done, but Tyson starts mouthing off to Josh, getting in his ear talking to him.
“So Josh is getting a bit wild, trying to knock him out, and I had to tell him to stick to his boxing and do what I told him and ignore the talking.
“So he’s gone out the next round, ignored it and boxed his head off and I’ve said ‘come on jump out’.”
Murphy recalls that Fury was frustrated by the events and demanded another ‘proper’ round with Joshua.
However, the coach ordered Joshua not to do so and sent in another fighter as Fury had not paid to spar with the Brit and was clearly upset.
“I went ‘no, get out Josh, you’ve done three rounds’, because I knew what the craic was, he was going to try and put it on him,” Murphy continued.
“Josh probably could have dealt with it, but I wasn’t going to have it because I’m not sending an amateur in with a professional and not let him get something out of it.”
Fury ultimately didn’t end up giving Joshua his Rolex, but has since admitted that he has considered sending one.
Joshua is fighting Oleksandr Usyk with his WBA, WBO and IBO titles on the line later this month while Fury defends his WBC title against Wilder in the third instalment of their trilogy on October 9.
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