The current WBA, IBF & IBO World heavyweight champion surprised some of his fans and media by lashing out at Tyson Fury recently on Twitter.
Anthony Joshua is known for being mild mannered on social media and he rarely, if ever, participates in Twitter bouts with fellow fighters. But last week the champion had read and seen enough from Fury. Joshua fought fire with fire.
& @Tyson_Fury get fit you fat fuck
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) November 9, 2017
The boxing world took notice of Joshua’s tweet. So far it has garnered about 65 000 retweets and over 144 000 likes. It has become Joshua’s one of most popular tweets.
The heavyweight champion created a bit of controversy and naturally, Fury replied with a video of his own. Joshua now explains why he wrote the tweet.
“I feel like he says a lot of negative things about me, time and time again,” Joshua explained to Sport360.com
‘AJ’ clearly felt he needed to push back a bit since, after all, it is the fight game and Joshua is the number one heavyweight in boxing.
“I try to be professional but remember this is a fighting sport and you have to meet fire with fire now and again. Sometimes if a dog barks at you so many times, the other dog needs to bite back and make sure the other dog puts his tail between his legs. And that’s what you have to do with Tyson Fury sometimes. And that’s all it was, I just had to bite back,” said Joshua.
2018 is expected to be a busy year for Joshua. Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, and Fury are all looking get a fight against ‘AJ’ but the man himself said it’s unlikely he’ll fight all three next year.
“I address the situation and I put it into the back of my mind. I address what’s relevant. That’s why I’m like, 2018, even though there’s a lot of talk, in reality, isn’t going to be like Joseph Parker, Wilder and Tyson Fury all in one year,” commented Joshua.
Right now it sounds like Joshua is mainly focused on Wilder.
“Deontay Wilder is a potential name in the mix. 100 percent. It’s something that we’re taking time to do and actually doing right now. I just thought he must want to fight so he must have made an offer, which he hadn’t, so we’re just taking it upon ourselves to see the landscape and the opportunities of making this fight a reality. He is definitely a possible opponent for 2018,” Joshua concluded.