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‘He is being Heir to heavyweight throne’ He can’t beat me’ – Deontay Wilder called out by fighter Tyson Fury tipped 

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ is expected to face Zhilei Zhang in June as he looks to bounce back from a shock defeat to Joseph Parker, and will not be short of options if he returns to winning ways.

One of those is American prospect Jared Anderson, who Wilder’s former foe Tyson Fury has tipped to reach the pinnacle of the division and become the next world champion.

Anderson, who takes on Ryad Merhy on April 13, believes his domestic counterpart would be no match for him.

“I respect Deontay,” he said. “I think he has one hell of a punch.

“But he can’t beat me, and I’m just going to leave it at that. I’m too much of a well-rounded boxer, and I’m going to beat him in great fashion.

“The biggest thing they’ve been telling me is to stay the course and continue to try to get better every day.

“So that when they do pop up with that big name to put me on the map for the world to see, that I am 100-percent ready, and that I don’t have to get ready.”

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Anderson has 16 wins since starting his undefeated professional career, with his most notable victory coming against former world champion Charles Martin in June 2023.

The ‘Real Big Baby’ sparred with Fury for his showdown with Dillian Whyte in April, and the ‘Gypsy King’ was seriously impressed with the rising star.

He tipped Anderson as the ‘heir to the throne’, and it will be words that will inspire Anderson to move on to big things.

The countdown has begun” Tyson Fury , No Bad Blood With Anthony Joshua, But Focus Is on Oleksandr Usyk

The countdown has begun for the undisputed heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk rescheduled for May 18.

Fury held a press conference at Mazuma Stadium in Morecambe, U.K., alongside promoter Frank Warren on Wednesday, and a full five weeks ahead of his collision with Usyk, a separate media frenzy has begun regarding a long-discussed bout with domestic rival and two-time heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua.

The pair were set to collide in 2022, but due to contractual mishaps, Fury instead concluded a trilogy with Deontay Wilder while Joshua faced – and fell to – Usyk. Harsh words have often been traded between both camps since.

Will the bad blood linger until Fury-Joshua can finally be made?

“What about? Being called a dosser or a sausage?” Fury said. “What’s really been said? Has he ever said anything to me that’s personal – or me to him? I don’t think so.

“If he was here now, we would go for a beer over there and a jam sandwich, or I would take him out for fish and chips. I would take him back to my house to meet my kids and take a picture. What, do you think there is bad blood between two professional boxers? Behave yourself.”

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Joshua has since rebounded to become the next-best heavyweight after the two champions, with impressive stoppage victories over Otto Wallin and Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia. With Wilder falling from the pack after a loss to Joseph Parker, it’s now Joshua’s name being linked with the winner of Fury-Usyk. It has been widely reported that there have been discussions for a future bout to take place at Wembley Stadium.

“It won’t be at Wembley Stadium when that happens,” Fury said. “If you are paying $200 million for something, are you going to do it in someone else’s country? Doubt that. Maybe in the rematch, yeah – if there is a rematch.

“The way I look at it is that Joshua is an old dosser and he’s got to wait his turn because he had his chance with Usyk, and he lost fair and square. He already lost to Usyk not once, but twice. So that puts him at the back of the queue, and he has to wait until I’ve dealt with your man.

“I can’t overlook Usyk. Usyk is not going to say, ‘Alright then, I don’t want my 75 million that I’m getting in the rematch. Please just give me 50 grand to step aside.’ You really think that is going to happen? I don’t think so.”

Saudi Arabia : London Tyson Fury Insists He Will hardly clash with Anthony Joshua In Saudi Arabia, London

Tyson Fury, who will face WBO heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia on May 18, stressed that he plans to fight Joshua once in Saudi Arabia and once in London.

The British boxer noted that he can only face Joshua after beating Usyk on May 18 in an undisputed bout and then in a rematch on a yet-to-be-determined date.

According to the WBC reigning champion, Usyk, who beat Joshua twice in 2022, was paid heavily to lose to him on May 18.

“If you are Usyk and you are paid a lot of money to lose against me but you already have the rematch then why would you not want it? Unless Turki wants to give him something like £ 50 million to step aside – but as far as I know nobody wants to throw away that sort of money for free,” Fury told a press conference.

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Usyk beat the old sausage twice – Joshua lost two attempts at him. The first was a boxing lesson and the second was at least a bit closer. But he lost them both fair and square and even had a bit of a meltdown in the ring after the second one. He lost, he had his chance and he lost, so now it is my turn and Usyk’s turn and it’s not about him. But after I have dealt with Usyk twice, then I will deal with the Joshua sausage twice, once in Saudi and once over here in London. I will have two fried sausages sizzling in a pan, instead of one.”

Recall that Tyson Fury and Usyk’s fight ought to have happened before now, but the bout had to be postponed because the Briton was nursing an injury he sustained in the bout between him and crossover boxer Francis Ngannou.

Ahead of the May bout, Fury stressed that he had an advantage over Usyk even though the Ukrainian boxer came from the cruiserweight category and defeated Joshua twice.

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“It’s not personal, it’s strictly business for both fighters. There’s a lot of stuff on the line, but I don’t hate him, he doesn’t hate me”, Tyson Fury said

I respect him, as a man, as a fighter. Everyone has to respect the man’s achievements. Good fighter – I have a tough challenge in front of me. But I’m very confident in my ability and I’m very confident I’ll beat the guy. When the cruiserweights step up to the big boys, usually they get found wanting. You can beat the average big ones but you can’t beat the elite big ones, because size really matters.”

The undefeated heavyweight made a prediction for the title fight between Usyk and Fury

Undefeated Croatian heavyweight boxer Filip Hrgovic has made a prediction for the heavyweight title fight between Alexander Usyk and Tyson Fury.

According to the unbeaten Croatian boxer, who is one of the potential opponents for the winner of the battle, the victory will go to the Ukrainian.

“I believe Usyk will win this bout. I give him the edge in this fight. My prediction is that Usyk will emerge victorious. Of course, it’s a tough matchup for him. It’s a tough fight for both, but that’s my forecast. In my view, Usyk is the more polished fighter. So, let’s see,” Hrgovic said in an interview with the YouTube channel J Calderon Boxing Talk.

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The bout between Usyk and Fury is scheduled to take place on May 18th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Initially, the championship bout was planned for February 17th but was postponed due to a cut that the Briton sustained in training camp.

Did Tyson Fury perform poorly, or was Francis Ngannou actually … good? Anthony Joshua fight will provide answers

Francis Ngannou shocked the world when he dropped Tyson Fury in his first professional boxing bout. Can he repeat the feat when he fights Anthony Joshua?

Francis Ngannou may be one of the most high profile combat sports athletes in the world, but his true quality as a boxer remains to be seen.

So far Ngannou only has 10 rounds of professional boxing behind him. But they did come against arguably the best heavyweight in the sport in Tyson Fury.

Ngannou did have success in the bout, dropping Fury even though ultimately he lost a split decision. Either he over-performed or Fury under-performed.

“It is difficult to know but it’s going to be very interesting to find out,” said Sky Sports commentator Andy Clarke.

“Talking to [Ngannou’s] trainer, Dewey Cooper and he feels like there’s a lot more to come in this second fight because in the first fight they were worried about his gas tank.

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Vitali Klitschko brutally tells Tyson Fury what he needs to do to beat Oleksandr Usyk

Vitali Klitschko has brutally told Tyson Fury what he needs to do to beat Oleksandr Usyk.

WBC title holder Fury meets WBO, WBA (super) and IBF champion Usyk on May 18 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Fury suffered a nasty cut in training which stopped them from fighting last month.

After the postponement, footage surfaced online of the incident that led to the devastating cut.

Both fighters have agreed to forfeit a whopping £10 million if they withdraw from their upcoming clash.

Ahead of Fury facing Usyk, Klitschko has given the British star advice on how to beat the Ukrainian fighter.

Speaking to filmmaker Andrew Drury, the 52-year-old joked Fury must stay off junk food, alcohol and drugs.

The former world heavyweight champion said: “Not so much junk food, no alcohol, no drugs and good prepare for this fight.”

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Fury ballooned up in weight during his hiatus from boxing.

But he turned his life around and beat Deontay Wilder to become world champion.

The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ has the chance to secure undisputed status in the heavyweight division.

On Fury vs. Usyk, Klitschko, who held the WBC world heavyweight title during his legendary career, added: “Everybody expect very dramatic interesting fight, but nobody in the world can predict the decision of this fight. It’s heavyweight division, every punch make a decision.

“And that’s why it will be biggest mistake to say who will be the winner. Yes, of course I keep my fingers crossed for Usyk.

“I hope Usyk will be winner in this fight and bring WBC belt back to Ukraine. But let’s see.”

Fury heads into his clash with Usyk having eked out a controversial decision victory over former UFC heavyweight king Francis Ngannou last October.

As for Usyk, he hasn’t fought since last August when he stopped Daniel Dubois.

Francis Ngannou is a big risk for Anthony Joshua and boxing world is divided on fighters with immense knockout power – here’s who they see winning

Most experts are backing Anthony Joshua to overcome Francis Ngannou next week but a few brave ones are going against the grain.

On March 8, two of the hardest hitters from the worlds of MMA and boxing collide at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Joshua will be bidding to save boxing’s reputation after the Cameroonian cage fighter dropped and almost stopped Tyson Fury during their nip-and-tuck affair in October.

Ahead of the Fury fight few gave Ngannou even the slimmest chance of victory but many felt he had done enough to win it when the final bell sounded.

It’s a similar story here, with most anticipating that Joshua, a two-time unified heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist, should get the better of the boxing novice – although not everyone agrees.

Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at some stand-out industry picks for Joshua vs Ngannou.

Who is backing Ngannou?

Dan Hardy

Former UFC welterweight contender Dan Hardy was one of the few experts who stuck his neck out and picked Ngannou to ‘surprise’ Fury.

And, he was equally insistent on Ngannou’s chances against Joshua when he caught up with talkSPORT.come earlier this week.

“First of all, he’s got the confidence that he can do 10 rounds now after doing 10 rounds against Fury, which means that we’re going to get a Ngannou who is going to be more willing to engage and more willing to push a pace.

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“Rather than kind of stand his ground and pick his punches like he did against Fury.

“I feel like he’s going to be a bit more of a bully against AJ. And I don’t think that works out very well for AJ because you’ve got to remember he’s in the process of rebuilding himself right now.

“Ngannou is 0-1 in professional boxing, and he’s a huge, huge risk for AJ. Now, Fury is going to look at that risk and go ‘yeah, okay, but I’ve got the skills, I’ll be able to tie him up and make him miss, etc, etc.

“I don’t know as AJ has got that same kind of internal confidence that just emanates from him like it does from Fury.

“And I think if, for example, AJ hits the canvas like Fury did, does he get back up with the same kind of confidence to be able to regroup? I’m not so sure.”

Martin Bakole

You will be hard-pressed to find boxers who are genuinely backing Ngannou to beat Joshua but one of them is Congolese heavyweight Martin Bakole.

Bakole has shared several rounds of sparring with Joshua over the years but he is backing Ngannou to knock the Brit out after watching the Fury fight.

“He [Fury] took Ngannou easy, not too serious. He thought he would stop him by round five but Ngannou took it serious and thought that if he stops Tyson Fury he will make a name for himself in boxing.

“To be honest, Joshua is going to be different [to Fury] because Joshua saw Ngannou was coming to box [versus Fury] as well, he will take it serious.

“He is a good man, he has got a good heart and he’s got everything up there, if he lands on Joshua, I think that he will stop him because this time he is taking it seriously as well and he will be working hard on it [his boxing skills].”

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Who is backing Joshua?

Ricky Hatton

Ricky Hatton believes Joshua has ‘enough firepower’ to shine against Ngannou.

“If you’re asking where my money would go, it would go on AJ because he’s an exceptional boxer, you don’t become an Olympic gold medalist and a two-time world champion for nothing,” he said.

“He doesn’t have the lateral movement of Tyson Fury, so he’s going to be standing in front of Francis Ngannou, which worries me a little bit because if AJ does cop one, that could be that.

“But I’m going to go with AJ based on his confidence and his new team. I think he’ll have enough firepower to shine against Ngannou.”

Amir Khan

Amir Khan expects Joshua to learn from Fury’s mistakes and get the better of Ngannou.

“I don’t know if Tyson took his foot off the gas, not expecting what he came to do,” Khan told the Sun.

“So I’m sure he’s going to be on his A-game. He’s not going to make the same mistakes and he’s going to train very hard for this fight.

“Because like I said, maybe Tyson overlooked him and thought it was going to be a walk in the park but really he surprised us all.

“So I think this is only going to make Joshua train even harder. But, I got Joshua winning.

Johnny Nelson

Johnny Nelson is extremely confident that Joshua will do the business next week.

“I think he [Joshua] comes through it with flying colours,” Nelson told Sky Sports.

“I think Joshua wants to be world champion again, I think Joshua knows what responsibility he will have. He will know ‘I just have to get through this fight and get the win’ because of the big pot of gold at the end of it.

“Joshua knows he can punch. Joshua knows he has the knockout ability to get rid of him so I would not be surprised if Anthony Joshua thought ‘I am going to stay in the pocket and knock you out’.

“Common sense would be, if you use your boxing ability, it is day and night. But it is the devil in the detail and that is where the problem might lie.”

Agron Smakici I cut Tyson Fury’s eye and caused Oleksandr Usyk fight to be postponed – he provoked me with ‘dirty moves’

At the start of February, the Gypsy King was forced to postpone his undisputed heavyweight world title clash with Oleksandr Usyk from February 17 to May 18 after suffering a gash in sparring.

This was caused by Croatian sparring partner Smakici, who joined White and Jordan on talkSPORT on Thursday to reflect on the situation.

“Nothing special happened,” he explained, “We had a good sparring session all day before that.

“It’s just he put some fire with some bad talking and some dirty moves.

“When my head was down he did some dirty tricks and that makes the fire, the heat going on.

“And then I gave 100 per cent of me and the injury happened unfortunately…

“He said some things, but it’s not so much what he said. He put my head down.

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“Even if I put his head many times down because I have good wrestling skills, he put my head down one time and he was doing like bad things with my head if you know what I mean.”

Smakici did not specify exactly what gestures Fury made with his head.

There has been some controversy as to whether the blow which cut Fury was actually an elbow.

However, Smakici is adamant this is not the case.

“I am 100 per cent sure it was my first,” he insisted.

“Also after the cut he didn’t say, ‘Hey that was an elbow,’ or something like that.

“There’s a difference between an elbow and gloves with a fist – you would feel the elbow, it’s like a hammer.

“Maybe it slipped because he was pulling my head forwards.

“Maybe it slipped to the elbow, but it wasn’t on purpose.”

‘Most avoided heavyweight on the planet’ will be a nightmare for Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk

As promoter of Boxxer, Ben Shalom looks after some of boxing’s most exciting fighters. Here, in his second exclusive column for talkSPORT.com, he talks about one in particular…

Martin Bakole is the most avoided man in the glamour division and can beat every heavyweight on the planet on his day.

Bakole showed just how good he is against Carlos Takam in September.

He came in extremely overweight, having picked up an injury that had made it difficult for him to train, yet he still managed to blast the Frenchman out in four rounds.

Seven months earlier, we had witnessed Takam roll back the years by destroying Tony Yoka in Paris.

This was supposed to be a tough night on paper, but Bakole made it look easy.

GOT IT ALL

The Congolese puncher is an incredibly dangerous fight for anyone at his weight.

He has all of the physical attributes needed to reach the top of the sport.

His stamina is excellent, he’s extremely strong and on top of all of that, he is a very good boxer.

It’s only a matter of time before he will be dining at the top table with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

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Without a doubt, he causes all of them real problems. They all know what a hard night’s work he will be.

If you asked them what they thought of him, they would agree that he has everything.

He’s not someone who is going to be easily outclassed by Usyk, he’s not someone that Fury can lean on and dictate with his size and he’s not someone that Joshua can blow away.

THIS IS HIS YEAR

He matches anyone for boxing ability. I’m not going to sit here and tell you how he beats every one of them individually, that’s for his team to work out.

But what I will say is that none of them will want to fight Bakole.

He is probably at the top of their lists for nights they don’t want to have which is the biggest compliment you can pay to a fighter.

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Beyond that Manuel Charr is fighting Kubrat Pulev for the ‘Regular’ belt so there are opportunities in the WBA.

I know Bakole is eyeing up the 50th anniversary of the Rumble in the Jungle in Congo this year.

He is undoubtedly the biggest Congolese fighter on the planet so there are some personal goals for him to achieve as well.

 I don’t duck a challenge, I’ve signed to fight Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder before

Anthony Joshua will fight mixed martial arts star Francis Ngannou on Friday March 8, live on Sky Sports Box Office; Although bouts with Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder ultimately fell through, Joshua points out that he has previously agreed to those fights, saying: “I don’t duck!”

Anthony Joshua does not shirk a challenge.

He will be a significant favourite when he boxes mixed martial arts star Francis Ngannou on March 8,

Throughout his career though Joshua has taken on a sequence of elite opponents, from Wladimir Klitschko to Oleksandr Usyk, with Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and many more in between.

But glaring omissions from Joshua’s CV are American puncher Deontay Wilder and British rival Tyson Fury.

Joshua however points out that even though bouts with those opponents never came to fruition, for his part he has previously agreed to fight both men.

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Talks for a fight with Tyson Fury have stalled and collapsed in the past, while Joshua had inked a deal to fight Wilder this year, only for the American to suffer a surprise upset loss to Joseph Parker and nix the arrangement.