Anthony Joshua has some advice for Tyson Fury following the viral interview with True Geordie that was cut short amidst a barrage of insults.
Whilst doing some promotion for his upcoming fight with Derek Chisora, ‘The Gypsy King’ didn’t take kindly to the probing nature of an interviewer’s questions. Although the insults he signed off with – which included t**ser, t**spot, bearded w**ker, and sh**house – may have been a bit of fun, it’s safe to say the atmosphere up until then was frosty.
Joshua, the former holder of the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts, has said that there’s a specific way champions should conduct themselves in interviews. Sportbible reported the Watford man’s response to the footage.
“Listen, there’s one thing being the champion of the ring and there’s another being the champion of the people outside of the ring.”
“I know it’s tough with fighters right, we’re not part of an institute so we’re a bit free spirited but I just think there’s a way that we need to conduct ourselves. Regardless if the interviewer is prodding us.”
“We need to conduct ourselves in better fashion because there’s youngsters that are watching us.”
“I’m not the judge who can say what’s right or wrong, we just have to try and conduct ourselves in better fashion when we can, when we’re in front of the camera. When we can, just try. Try, try, try, that’s for the up-and-coming fighters.”
It wasn’t long ago that ‘AJ’ himself was promising to try harder. His emotional reaction in losing to Oleksandr Usyk for a second time had many branding him selfish, although he recently opened up to DAZN, explaining that the loss ‘tore him apart.’ This response, while likely from a good place, may seem misjudged by some fans, all things considered.
As for Fury, he seems to be the only man in the sport who hasn’t commented on the matter of the entertaining interview. He spent most of it defending his choice to fight Chisora, and is likely using his time now to train for fight rather than talk about it. The pair meet for the third time in their careers on December 3.