Peter Fury: Hearn’s claims are crazy and laughable

Peter Fury, Tyson Fury’s trainer and uncle, has dismissed the claims of Barry Hearn who believes that ‘The Gypsy King’ would be a “straighforward” win for Anthony Joshua.

Joshua seeks to defend the IBF belt formerly held by Fury this weekend against U.S. Olympian, and huge underdog, Dominic Breazeale at the O2 Arena in London, and his team are eyeing a Wembley showdown in 2017 against the former Irish champion.

Fury told Sky Sports News that “those are bold statements [from Hearn] and everyone is entitled to their opinion but for me, looking at it, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s crazy.”

Instead Fury argues that “it goes without saying that Tyson is World number one.”

“He deserves to be where he is because he’s fought a lot better opposition and boxing is all about levels.”

Fury, currently training the current lineal heavyweight king ahead of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on July 9th at the Manchester Arena, also raised doubts about the pedigree of 2012 Olympic gold medalist Joshua.

“Let me put it into perspective. He’s only been hit back once by Dillian Whyte and he had problems there. Dillian was training himself and he still gave Joshua problems.

“When you compare that with Tyson beating an 11-year world champion like Klitschko, it’s almost laughable.”

“I’m not ridiculing Joshua but he’s fought nobody. These other guys are irrelevant. He’s a World champion who’s had it gifted to him. He hasn’t had a fight yet and we’re yet to see him up against a guy who’s coming to fight and is fit in the other corner.”

Joe O'Neill

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