Lineal champion Tyson Fury had a chance to speak about his view on the heavyweight division recently and needless to say, he bought some quality smack to the table.
Steve Kim of ESPN spoke with the Gypsy King while in an Uber on the way to get eats, and if you think he had something favorable to say about your favorite fighter, you’d be mistaken about the undefeated heavyweight.
“All these guys are bums compared to me,” Fury boasted. “I’m going to prove that time and time again. I’m going to go down in history as the greatest heavyweight of all time.”
This five star Uber ride for Italian in Beverly Hills, California had to have been a blast.
Fury on heavyweight division: Joshua 'a bum,' Ruiz 'average,' Wilder 'limited' https://t.co/RMzVIyB34H
— Steve Kim (@StevESPNKim) September 5, 2019
When speaking about Anthony Joshua, Fury stated, “Just a big bum. He eats right hands for fun.”
When speaking about Joshua’s opponent Andy Ruiz Jr. Fury boasted, “Just an average boxer. Hand speed doesn’t just cut it. There’s a lot of heavyweights who have hand speed. I can beat him with one hand tied behind me back. And even if they want me to stay against the ropes, I’d still beat him out there.”
He didn’t bury everyone in the interview as he did put over fellow up and coming Brits, Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois.
But let’s get back to the trash talk. Indeed, he’d have kind words for rival Deontay Wilder right?
“He’s a big guy, strong, punches hard,” Fury stated. “Limited boxing ability, but makes up for all that with power.”
That, of course, is from the same Wilder who knocked him down in their epic match last December that resulted in a controversial draw. When asked about if Wilder was the hardest puncher he’s been in the ring, Fury was dismissive about it.
“I don’t think it’s about the power, it’s the speed of the punch coming,” Fury said. “Let’s face it. I was very inactive for a long time. It was the first time I’ve been punched properly in years, so maybe the shots that he landed on me, they wouldn’t even affect me today.”
If you think he’s giving Luis Ortiz a shot in their matchup against Wilder, you’d be mistaken. Fury followed up with,”[He’s] 147 years old. I think he may have been a good man 30 years ago. But he’s too old, he has no legs underneath him and Wilder’s going to knock him out within six rounds.”
Fury is in the process of taking on undefeated Otto Wallin on September 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada on Mexican Independence Day weekend. Fury chimed that he would adapt to the holiday.
“I’m looking to have fun versus Wallin. It’s Mexican Independence [Day] weekend, I’m looking to fight like a Mexicano”, Fury said jokingly.
To everyone that still contends him facing Wallin, Fury mentioned the following:
“Another thing, though, Otto Wallin is not my first choice of opponent. Kubrat Pulev turned this fight down. Alexander Povetkin turned this fight down. Charles Martin turned this fight down. Trevor Bryan turned this fight down. Ortiz is fighting Wilder, Ruiz is fighting Joshua. Dillian Whyte’s been popped for a drug test, Miller’s been popped for a drug test. Who else is there?”
Honestly, after this Uber, well see if that changes.