JOSHUA

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Fury dra­mat­i­cally beat Kl­itschko on points in a world ti­tle fight in Novem­ber 2015 and once held both the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) and World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) belts now held by Joshua.

But he hasn’t boxed since, with men­tal health prob­lems forc­ing him to re­lin­quish his ti­tles, while his li­cence to box was sub­se­quently sus­pended by the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol.

Fury, how­ever, could have his li­cence re­turned at a hear­ing next week and if Kl­itschko does not want a re-match with Joshua or terms for one can­not be agreed, the mo­men­tum be­hind an all-Bri­tish clash for the world heavy­weight ti­tle could prove hard to stop.

“Styles do make fights but I am sure I can beat AJ (Joshua) with one arm tied be­hind my back,” Fury said in a Sky Sports in­ter­view from his train­ing base in Mar­bella, on Spain’s south coast.

“I have been out of the ring as long as Kl­itschko but the dif­fer­ence is, I am not 41, I am 28.”

Re­flect­ing on the Wem­b­ley epic, Fury, who la­belled Joshua a “pumped-up weightlifter“, said: “It was an ex­cel­lent fight, very en­ter­tain­ing and en­joy­able and I was scream­ing for AJ to smash him.

“I won­der what peo­ple would be say­ing to­day if Kl­itschko had done him in the sixth.

“I was scream­ing, pulling my hair out — or what little hair I’ve got left — be­cause I was wor­ried it would cost us mil­lions!

“He (Joshua) showed he can get dropped and come back, which is what cham­pi­ons are made of. He showed he can re­cover from tak­ing big s h o t s .”

How­ever, Fury added: “There’s only one fight out there, the big­gest fight in the world and ev­ery­one knows that. It is the heavy­weights, it is me and AJ, no one else.

“I am here, I am the lin­eal cham­pion, I am still num­ber one in the world and ev­ery­body knows that.” AFP

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