Anthony Joshua says Tyson Fury is ‘carrying extra weight’ after Eddie Hearn joked the Gypsy King’s belly looked like HIS in a video of him emerging from the sea… but AJ vows to take rival seriously in their £200m blockbuster fight
- Anthony Joshua admitted Tyson Fury looked overweight in his recent video
- Eddie Hearn joked that Fury’s belly looked like his when he emerged from the sea
- But AJ is taking no risks and expects the best version of Fury for their fight
- Talks are ongoing but their undisputed clash is on the verge of being finalised
Anthony Joshua is taking nothing for granted and insisted he is preparing for the best version of Tyson Fury despite admitting that he looked overweight in a recent video.
Footage emerged last week of the WBC champion Fury braving the freezing cold temperatures by swimming in the Morecambe Bay as part of his training ahead of the £200million blockbuster fight with Joshua.
Fury has not fought in 12 months now but has been ticking over with gym sessions and home workouts over the lockdowns – but Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn joked that his belly looked like his in the video.
Tyson Fury decided to swim in a freezing cold Morecambe Bay last week as part of his training
Anthony Joshua said Fury’s carrying extra weight but is preparing for the best version of him
Despite suggesting that Fury is out of shape, Hearn revealed that AJ will not allow it distract his preparations and is expecting his British rival to be in prime condition when they finally meet later this year.
Speaking to Seconds Out, the Matchroom boss said: ‘I think before he goes into any main camp he doesn’t look like AJ, ever.
‘I said to AJ the other day, “Did you see Fury jumping in the sea? He looked like me!”
‘The response from AJ was, “We’re going to get the best Tyson Fury, so I don’t care if he’s carrying a bit of extra weight now, I’m training for the best ever Tyson Fury.”
‘And, make no mistake, Fury will be in top shape for this fight.’
Negotiations are still ongoing between both camps but Sportsmail has been told there are now only two or three minor issues that need to be resolved before the fight can be finalised.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn (right) joked that Fury’s belly looked like his in the video
All sides are confident an agreement will be reached in the coming weeks while the Middle East has been touted as the likeliest destination to stage the fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
Joshua, who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles, is determined to become the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in the early 2000s and is already training regularly at his old amateur club in Finchley despite the fight still being months off.
‘We’ve still probably got maybe four or five months to go. He hasn’t even started camp yet,’ Hearn added.
‘I think the impressive thing from both these guys is they haven’t stopped training. AJ, since his last fight, he don’t wanna stop training.
‘I even said to him, ‘What about a little bit of warm weather? Go and relax a little bit? You don’t wanna over-train.’ He said, “No, I’m fine at Finchley.”
‘He’s sparring, he’s training, he’s preparing for the fight of his life.’
Hearn however said AJ has already been putting in a lot of work in the gym ahead of the fight
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