Tyson Fury’s father, John Fury, has disagreed with the Gypsy King’s assessment of the division and believes Anthony Joshua is the second-best in the weight class.
Fury is due to clash with Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout in Las Vegas in October, which is widely seen as the final hurdle before a fiercely-anticipated clash with Anthony Joshua.
However, despite his victory over Wilder the last time they took to the ring, the Wythenshawe fighter still rates the American above Joshua.
That is a statement that his father, John, disagrees with though, as he believes Joshua is second-best behind Tyson by virtue of his unified champion status.
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“What we do is get him bumped off, and we’re on the AJ trail again,” he told BT Sport.
“The Anthony Joshua trail, and we’re not going to come off until we got him. But he’s got a sticky wicket to do [with Oleksandr Usyk].
“That’s not a foregone conclusion. You know, I tip AJ, he’s big, he’s strong, and he’s got a good boxing array. Besides Tyson, he’s the second-best heavyweight in the world, I think.
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“It would be a toss-up between him [Joshua] and Wilder because if Wilder landed on him, it would be good night for him. He wouldn’t recover. But he’s [Joshua] the one with the best, so you got to say, he’s second-best.
“That’s the fight I’m looking at. We just got to get rid of this American problem [for Fury], and he’s a problem because he’s out there, he’s not under the watchful eye, and he’s around all these yes-men.”
Fury and Joshua were due to go toe-to-toe in Saudi Arabia this summer but those plans were scrapped after an American court ruled in favour of Wilder being able to exercise his contract for a rematch.