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Tyson Fury: Anthony Joshua has to prove himself at the top level again, his belts mean nothing

Fury explains why he doesn’t think Joshua has truly redeemed himself.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Following the opening press conference for Wilder-Fury II, Tyson Fury chats with media members and fields questions on his expectations for the rematch as well as why he still doesn’t think Anthony Joshua is in the discussion as the best heavyweight in the world. Check out some excerpts below...

Fury on is his rematch with Wilder will look very different this time around:

“Yes. It’s a completely different fight. I’m looking for a knockout, that’s it.”

On why he feels he has to change anything when most thought he won their first fight:

“Yeah but I thought I won the fight last time and didn’t get a decision. So what’s to say I’m gonna get it again? So if I knock him out then the decision’s made.”

On if looking for a knockout wouldn’t favor Wilder who is the bigger puncher:

“I’m a puncher too, 20 knockouts out of 29 wins. Someone’s 0 got to go, and it ain’t gonna go by decision. It’s gonna go by KO.’

“Second round KO. Slippery, slippery, slippery — BOOM! Goodnight. The end. That’s all she wrote.”

On how his cut from his last fight is healing:

“It doesn’t really matter. If the cut opens in Round 1, I have to get a knockout in Round 2. The cut doesn’t really mean anything to me because I live to get into good fights...It’s what I was born to do.”

On if he thinks it’s really possible that he’ll spar Anthony Joshua in this camp:

“I don’t think it’s possible because he hasn’t got the nuts to turn up and do it. So it is what it is.”

On the winner of this rematch going on to bigger and better things:

“This is the biggest fight of our generation. This is it. Don’t get scared now, this is it. This is the biggest fight of our era. This is it, there’s no bigger. It’s only downhill from here.”

On if an undisputed title unification wouldn’t be bigger:

“The undisputed means shit. It doesn’t mean anything. Belts don’t mean nothing. It’s all about who’s the best of your day. It’s not about what belt you got holding your trousers up, it’s not about anything, it’s about who you fight and who you’ve beaten. And that’s it.

“(Anthony Joshua is definitely not in that category of best heavyweight) he already got knocked out. He’s out of it, way out of it. He needs to prove himself again. And I don’t mean prove yourself by hitting and running from a little fat guy all over the ring, I mean prove yourself on high level again. It was a three horse race, he got eliminated, it’s still a two horse race now. Two horses, and there’s only gonna be one standing after this fight...

“I won’t pay any sanctioning fees for Joshua’s belts because they don’t mean anything to me. ‘Cause I’ve already got ‘em. I’ve already got all the belts. The only belt I haven’t got is the WBC and I was robbed of that opportunity, which I should have that. So I’m gonna get that one more belt, and that’s me with belts — finished.”

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