Anthony Joshua has warned Tyson Fury of his bad intentions when they finally meet in the ring next year. “I want to take my head off his shoulders when that fight happens,” Joshua said Tuesday while also speaking of his noblest commitment to providing “substantial financial backing” to the national amateur boxing federations of England, Wales and Scotland so that he can help clubs that need support during the pandemic.
Joshua, who defended his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight world titles by knocking out Kubrat Pulev this month, emphasized how his local boxing gym in Finchley had saved him from a troubled path that could have landed him in jail. . But amid asking the government to help support grassroots boxing, Joshua couldn’t resist recalling a 2010 training session between him and Fury at Finchley Amateur Boxing Club.
While sitting in the same gym, Joshua suggested that Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion, “knows my uppercut. He knew it since I was . Trust me, he knows what’s coming. All he wanted was his Rolex watch [because] He said before that training: ‘If you can hit me or knock me out, you can keep my Rolex.’ It was a good workout and I really didn’t know too much. It was just passion. Now that I have a boxing IQ that goes with my passion, it will be a great fight. “
Last week the BBC unearthed an interview Fury, 22, did it after that training session. Fury, who had made his professional debut in December 2008, said: “Anthony Joshua is red hot. He gave me a great uppercut [and] if i had a little weak chin i would have knocked myself out for a month. I consider myself one of the best heavyweights in the world, but for three rounds he beat me up. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, a fan is killing me!’ “
Joshua insisted that: “I was hungry then and now I am hungrier. There was a rolex [on offer then] But now there’s an even bigger pot of gold at the end of this rainbow and I want to take the head off her shoulders when that fight happens. I’m sure I will win. “
But he downplayed his promoter Eddie Hearn’s claim immediately after the Pulev fight that a £ 200 million Fury-Joshua unification contest would be announced in a few days. “How close are we? I promise you there are talks, ”Joshua said. “But until you hear it from me, don’t buy anything. I’m serious about the fight, so when I announce it, they’ll know it’s real. “
Joshua made some highlights about the crisis facing grassroots boxing and his significant donation comes at a crucial time for amateur sport. “I definitely think boxing gyms are going to go under,” Joshua said. “That is why it is important to keep talking about it. Professional boxing has found a way to survive but without the amateur system, the grassroots clubs, there are no Olympians and without them there are no world champions in the country.
“If me and Tyson Fury fight, which I’m sure will happen, it will be one of the biggest sporting events in this country since  World cup. I’m in the grassroots gym that made me and is struggling. Hopefully this raises the eyebrows of the people in power and they put some money into boxing. “
They asked Joshua what would have happened to him if he hadn’t boxed as an amateur at Finchley. “Sean Murphy [his former amateur trainer] He’s in the background and says he probably would have been serving time. I wasn’t a bad boy, but Sean says I had bad people around me. Honestly, if the gym had closed… I remember being fired from the Olympic team in 2011 and I quit boxing. I started to go back to my local area. I started smoking again. Sean called my mom and said, ‘Where’s your son? Is playing. Bring him back to the gym. That shows how important it is not only to have the gyms open, but also to have access to people of an older generation who can give a sense of wisdom, belonging and guidance ”.
When asked if the government should step in to save grassroots boxing, Joshua said: “They have done great things with the package for people who are working, licensed and even investing money in the sport. But there are other sports that need it. I know the importance of boxing in the community, for the nation and for the economy. We’re trying to raise awareness and say, ‘Guys, you’re doing a great job, but consider boxing next time. I’m sure there will be some private investors, people like me, who will make a difference.
“Grassroots sports change the lives of many people. So let’s also consider boxing for the future, because Tyson Fury and I in 2021 is huge. We have done it from the base, from almost nothing. So with a little help, who knows how far we can go as a boxing industry? “
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