Former world champion turned boxing pundit Barry Jones has weighed in with some advice for Anthony Joshua regarding a potential all British mega fight with Tyson Fury – and believes Joshua would be wise to bide his time.
Speaking to Boxing Social, Jones said he believed Joshua would be better off taking a couple of fights to regroup after losing out to Oleksandr Usyk for a second time before jumping in with Fury.
“I don’t think it’s a great move for Joshua, I think he needs to get a win to build that confidence again like he did after the Ruiz fight, because that fight is always going to be there for him – that’s the truth.
As long as they’re both still active in the sport, then that fights always there. Financially, it’s the biggest fight out there for both.
Financially, Joshua is still a massive draw – he should take a couple of fights first and get warmed up.”
Although initial impressions were that a fight between Fury and Joshua was a real possibility, cold water was thrown on the chances, with Fury’s promoter Frank Warren saying ‘The Gypsy King had “had enough” with the negotiations and would be moving on from a prospective meeting with Joshua.
It now appears Manuel Charr will be the opponent on December 3rd in Cardiff instead, with Fury saying over the weekend it would be the German who got the call if AJ failed to sign terms by this past Monday.
Yet again, a disappointing outcome for British fight fans who will be starting to wonder if they’ll ever see the heavyweight fight of a generation.