Fury: Wilder would KO Joshua in a round

WBC heavyweight king Tyson Fury says he doesn’t believe rival champion Anthony Joshua would last three minutes against the right-hand bombs of Deontay Wilder.

With WBA Super, WBO and IBF title holder Joshua now facing Oleksandr Usyk after an August mega-fight with Fury bit the dust, the Gypsy King’s focus has switched to American nemesis Wilder at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 24.

Last month, Wilder won an arbitration ruling to enforce a previously contracted trilogy bout with Fury and reshuffle the heavyweight pack. WBC title holder Fury now claims Wilder is a more threatening proposition.

“I’ll deal with these guys [Joshua and Usyk] later – the most important thing to me is Wilder, the most dangerous heavyweight in the world who would knock out Joshua in the first round,” Fury told Sky Sports.

“I’ve got to get past Wilder then those guys will get their five minutes of fame. I’ll give them the biggest beatdown they have had in their lives. As I’ve told [Joshua’s promoter] Eddie Hearn, the difference between me and them is they are businessmen and I’m a Spartan.

“This talk of undisputed means nothing to me. I’m not Eddie Hearn or Anthony Joshua. I fight because this is what I do – it’s what I was born to do. I’ve got nothing personal against Wilder. I don’t care about belts or that stuff being remembered. I care about smashing people.

“If Wilder is in front of me, I will give him a good hiding. The motivation? It’s what I was born to do. I’m not interested in money, belts or whatever comes with it. I’m interested in blood and the fight.”

Fury and Wilder shared a controversial draw in December 2018 before the Gypsy King scored an emphatic seventh-round victory in their February 2020 return. Next month, Wilder receives his chance to turn the tables.