Tyson Fury doesn’t believe he will ever get to fight domestic rival Anthony Joshua, as he fully expects him to lose a second time to his sole conqueror Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch later this year.
Joshua was decked four times en route to his seventh round defeat at 'The Mecca of Boxing', Madison Square Garden, on June 1, conceding his IBF, WBA 'Super' and WBO heavyweight titles to the unheralded Mexican.
Fury first offered words of support to his heavyweight rival, tweeting him this message in the aftermath of the fight: “These things happen. Rest up, recover, regroup and come again.”
Just four days later, Fury changed his mind to describe AJ’s defeat as a ‘disgrace’, adding he would never show his face in public again if he had suffered such a loss to 'a little fat kid'.
The former Lineal champion has now backed Ruiz to beat the Olympic champion in their certain rematch, which will likely take place in December this year in either the UK or New York.
Asked in an interview with CNN if he thinks the Joshua fight will happen, he said: “Well if he loses again, like I think he will, then very slim. So, if a little fat kid can beat him then people are saying ‘Well anybody can beat him now’.”
Ruiz was ridiculed and widely dismissed by many for his physique before his surprise win. Fans of Joshua have also been inventing conspiracy theories to try to and excuse their heavyweight hero's loss by saying he was concussed going into the fight and that he suffered a panic attack in his dressing room, which Joshua has since denied.
Fury, who is well known for blowing up in weight after his own world title win back in 2015, supported Ruiz to take such comments about his appearance on the chin.
“I'm a fat kid. So join the club! I've just come down from 400 pounds. If that ain't fat, I don't know what is.”
Fury fights for the first time since his controversial draw with WBC king Deontay Wilder last year against Tom Schwarz on Saturday 15 June in Vegas.
“He’s just another man with a pair of boxing gloves on, trying to do his job, trying to get a victory over Tyson Fury,” he said of the undefeated German.
“28 men have tried before him as a professional, and 28 men have failed. I don't approach this fight any different to any other fight I've ever had. Train hard, eat well, fight well.
"We can only do our best as human beings. There's not much we can do. If we bump into a better man on the night, then fair play, shake the guy's hand.”