Tyson Fury understands why Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz last Saturday, and he might feel some level of sympathy for his old rival, but that doesn’t mean he’s letting AJ get away without landing a few verbal digs.
Fury appeared on ESPN radio to talk about his upcoming fight with Tom Schwarz and his rival’s stunning TKO defeat to Ruiz in the seventh round of his American debut.
“He’ll never live it down,” Fury said. “Can you imagine? You’re built like an Adonis, you’re six-foot-six, you’re ripped, carved in stone, and a little fat man who has eaten every Snickers and Mars bar in California comes in there and bladders you all over? What a disgrace.
“If that was me, I would never show my face in public ever again.”
Immediately following the contest, Fury garnered appreciation from fans after he posted encouragement to Joshua after the loss, telling him that despite their previous differences, he wanted to see the former champion return stronger. And despite the jibes about Ruiz’ physique, Fury obviously still has respect for Joshua despite defeat.
“He came from nowhere, he came out of the gutter, brought up with no money, he changed his stars and changed his life,” Fury said. “He’s probably worth $70 million, he’s done well in his life and career. He’s been the heavyweight champion of the world. If that’s a failure then I don’t know what isn’t a failure.
“He’s definitely done well in his career, but everybody bumps into that one person that can knock them out any time. Unfortunately for AJ, it was the little fat fella from California who chinned him.”
Yesterday, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn announced the team had invoked the rematch clause and Ruiz vs. Joshua II will take place later this year.