‘How can he be the champion when he hasn’t beaten THE champion? They’re my belts – I never lost them’: Tyson Fury taunts Anthony Joshua on This Morning as he claims he’s ‘only got my leftovers’ after vacating his past titles
- Tyson Fury taunted heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua for having his ‘leftovers’
- AJ currently holds the four world titles Fury vacated amid mental health issues
- Fury said the belts still belong to him because he never lost them in the ring
- The Gypsy King confirmed he would retire after fighting Joshua for all the titles
Tyson Fury has insisted he is the real kingpin of the heavyweight division and taunted Anthony Joshua for having his ‘leftovers’ after being forced to vacate his world titles amid mental health problems back in 2016.
Fury dethroned Wladimir Klitschko on a famous night in Dusseldorf five years ago to capture the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world belts – all now held by Joshua – but was quickly stripped of them due to drug and mental health issues.
There has been considerable speculation of a super-fight between Fury and Joshua for the undisputed crown following the Brit’s astonishing beating of Deontay Wilder last month – which saw him win the coveted WBC title.
Tyson Fury claimed his is the real legitimate heavyweight champion and not Anthony Joshua
Tyson and Paris Fury made an appearance on This Morning where they spoke about his future
Speaking about the potential all-British showdown, Fury was is no doubt as to who he thinks is the legitimate heavyweight champion.
‘I’ve already been the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world when I beat Klitschko, I had all of the belts,’ Fury said during an appearance on Good Morning Britain alongside his wife Paris.
‘So as far as I’m concerned, Anthony Joshua has only got my leftovers because I never lost those belts. I had to vacate them for mental health problems. They’re my belts.’
Fury won four of the major heavyweight titles when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in 2015
The self-styled Gypsy King was forced to vacate them amid drug and mental health problems
Joshua now holds the WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF world titles Fury won that night in Dusseldorf
‘He’s [Anthony’s] just keeping them warm,’ Paris joked before Fury added: ‘How can you claim to be the champion when you haven’t beaten the champion?’
The self-styled Gypsy King also revealed that he plans to walk away from boxing once he has fought Joshua and cemented his legacy.
‘I’ve got two more fights left and then we’ll really think about what we’re doing and go from there,’ he said.
‘I’m undefeated in 31 professional fights and this is my 12th year as a professional.’
His long-term partner Paris agreed that he should hang up his gloves after fighting Joshua – which is being targeted for this winter.
Tyson and Paris both agreed that he should retire after fighting Joshua for all the world titles
Fury won the WBC title and Ring Magazine belt after an astonishing win over Deontay Wilder
Fury must face Wilder for a third time this summer after American activated rematch clause
Fury will have to take on knockout artist Deontay Wilder for a third time in July before he can even think about Joshua after the American activated a rematch clause following his seventh-round stoppage defeat in Las Vegas.
‘I beat him the first time and I beat him the second time and I will surely beat him the third time,’ Fury said.
‘He’s a very worthy opponent. He’s a very dangerous opponent and he has the eraser knockout.
‘You’re only one mistake away from disaster, you have to be switched on for all 12 rounds.’
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