Tyson Fury has launched a scathing attack on Anthony Joshua, calling him a “chiselled idiot who is afraid of his own shadow”.
The British heavyweight’s strong words come in response to his rival Joshua failing to agree a fight with Deontay Wilder – a decision that he insists means he has to go to America to fight him instead.
Fury returns with a bout against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast next weekend, after which he is expected to fly to Vegas for a showdown with the American superstar.
“Whether I’m ready or not, I’m doing the fight with Wilder for British boxing, to take the shame away from it because we’ve got one idiot [Joshua] who is chiselled out of stone who is afraid of his own shadow,” Fury told The Telegraph.
“He wouldn’t take the fight with Wilder and and has made British boxing a laughing stock. If he’s a fighting man, he should have taken the fight. He didn’t so I have to step in. I’m not afraid to fight any man in any backyard.
“I showed that in Germany, Canada, Ireland. Everywhere I’ve ever been, I’ve had to go over and beat their champions. And that’s what I do best. I beat their bums.
“I’m going to knock Pianeta out. Then, I’m going to go to Las Vegas and spank Wilder all over it. He’s a dosser who’s never fought anybody. When you look at Wilder’s record, who’s he fought?”
Fury has previously confirmed December as the month for his fight with Wilder, although no official date has been confirmed by his promoters.
Joshua, meanwhile, is readying himself for a fight with Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium at the end of September.