Former four weight world champion Roy Jones Jr has weighed in on speculation over who Tyson Fury’s next fight will be – and believes there is one man in particular who should steer well clear of ‘The Gypsy King.’
Fury has been linked to the likes of Zhilei Zhang, Andy Ruiz Jr and even former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou over the past few months.
It also emerged recently that Fury’s team had been keen to fight Anthony Joshua in September, though ‘AJ’s team rejected that proposal due to plans to face Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia instead.
Speaking to Boxing News, Jones – who was not so long ago rumoured to be in the running to train Joshua – believes the Olympic gold medalist’s representatives made the right decision.
“Why would anyone come off one of the worst performances they’ve had in a long time, and go and fight Tyson Fury? How much sense does that make? Which one of us believes that, based off his last performance, that he would beat Tyson Fury? Who really thinks that?
You’ve got to get comfortable with your team first before you take a fight of that magnitude. He clearly doesn’t have it together with his new trainer yet, so to fight the top guy of the division before having it together with your trainer, how stupid would that be?
So no, you don’t put him in with Tyson Fury right now. Let him get comfortable with his new trainer first, then fight Tyson Fury.”
It now looks like Joshua will rematch old foe Dillian Whyte on August 12 and, if gets the win, will go in to a blockbuster clash with ‘the Bronze Bomber’ in December.
Skill Challenge are looking to stage a fight between Joshua and Wilder on the same card as an undisputed clash between Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia, a night the likes of which the sport has never seen.