Fury and Joshua had on multiple occasions agreed to deals to fight for the undisputed heavyweight title for tens of millions, but the bout now looks unlikely as Usyk holds the belts
Tyson Fury has admitted that watching Anthony Joshua lose his world titles to Oleksandr Usyk “absolutely wounded” him.
Fury wanted his fellow Brit to retain his unified world heavyweight belts so that once he has fought Wilder, there would be an immediate opportunity at a big money clash between the two.
But Usyk thoroughly outboxed the hometown fighter in front of over 63,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium to put paid to any plans for a Fury-Joshua super-fight.
The pair had on multiple occasions struck up deals for a unification bout, which would have seen the heavyweight division crown an undisputed champion for the first time in over two decades.
But their most recent effort, a deal for an August 14 meeting in Saudi Arabia that would have reportedly made each man in excess of $100million, was quashed when Fury was ordered to fight Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout, which takes place on October 9.
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Arbitration brought by Wilder saw Fury forced to take on the American, while Joshua was then put in a mandatory defence against Usyk, meaning both men needed to win to rescue the superfight.
And Fury says that watching Joshua lose was difficult, admitting that it “wounded” him to see.
“Usyk did his job, and that’s all I know,” Fury said when asked for an assessment of the Ukrainian’s performance. “He won his fight, and good luck to him.
“There’s not much to assess or express, did I watch the fight? Yes I did.
“Was I absolutely wounded when Usyk won? Yes I was.
“I was hoping that Joshua could win the fight, but he couldn’t and that’s none of my business.
“One thing that I have learned in my life, not that I’ve ever been involved in anybody else’s business, is to keep my nose out of everyone else’s business – it’s none of my concern.”
And Fury believes that neither Joshua or Usyk hold a candle to his upcoming opponent Wilder, whom he faces at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday next week.
Fury has inflicted the only two blemishes that appear on Wilder’s record; a 2018 draw and his dominant 2020 stoppage victory over the American for his world heavyweight title.
But he believes that the former Olympian would be able to defeat both of last Saturday’s competitors should they ever fight.
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“My only concern is beating Deontay Wilder, that’s the most dangerous heavyweight out there,” Fury continued.
“In my opinion, WIlder beats Joshua, Usyk, all the rest of the division comfortably, but he cannot beat me.
“I’ve no real concern about anything else other than Wilder, I’ve got a mammoth task ahead.
“It’s a very dangerous task that I’m giving 100% focus, and I don’t care who I fight after this.
“Let me get through Wilder first and then on Sunday morning we can talk turkey about who I’ll fight next.”