Tyson Fury has insisted he’s not surprised Hearn Anthony Joshua is encouraging Dillian Whyte to beat him in their WBC heavyweight title clash.
The Gypsy King will meet Whyte on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, live on talkSPORT, and Joshua told iFL TV he was hoping for a Body Snatcher victory.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s James Savundra, Fury said he believed Joshua and Whyte had become brothers in arms because of their losses as he remained unbeaten.
“No, that doesn’t surprise me because they’re both beaten fighters,” Fury began. They’ve both lost multiple times and I’m the only undefeated one left on these shores and I guess they would want me to be like them – beaten. But that doesn’t happen.
“That’s why I can see them regrouping. They’re all gonna band together cause they want to see me lose the fight but it won’t happen cause the big GK [Gypsy King] do not lose.
Joshua said he supported Whyte, but said he “hated” him too.
“It’s good [quality] defense against Dillian Whyte,” he said.
“Dillian Whyte has to come see what Tyson Fury is doing and react the opposite. Maybe work the body and be conditioned to go the distance, but hopefully Dillian trains hard and doesn’t underestimate Tyson.
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“Because it’s the first time he’s fighting for a title, I think he’s going to be hungry. It’s not the 10th time he’s fighting for a title and he may have a little hiccup along the way – this is his first time fighting for a title.
“I support Dillian, even though I hate him and want to crush him one of these days. Come on Dillian, I’m with you all the way,” Joshua adds with a smile.
When Whyte replied to his Instagram comment asking what he had done to annoy Joshua, AJ replied that ‘hate is a strong word’ and wished his Matchroom stablemate well.
Joshua will be looking to reclaim his heavyweight titles in the coming months when he now takes on IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
There might be some delay in this game with Russia invading Ukraine, Usyk’s homeland, but Fury wouldn’t be drawn to AJ’s future.
“I have no interest and no reason to worry,” Fury said when asked what Joshua would do next. “It’s not my career and it’s not my job to worry about this stuff.”
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