Tyson Fury Reckons Anthony Joshua's Boxing Career Is Over If He Loses To Andy Ruiz Jr
Tyson Fury is predicting that Anthony Joshua will retire if he suffers another knockout against Andy Ruiz Jr, and he thinks the Mexican will keep hold of his world titles.
It's nearly five months since Ruiz Jr stopped Joshua to become the first Mexican heavyweight world champion and on December 7th he gets the chance to prove it wasn't just a fluke.
Should Ruiz once again end the fight early with a knockout then AJ will retire, that's the vue of fellow British heavyweight Fury, "If he gets knocked out twice in a row, I don't see him continuing to be fair," Fury told the True Geordie, "Every man does what he wants to do but I think...
"He doesn't need the money and two knockout losses is a shattering to your career."
In the first fight, the 2012 Olympic champion's first outing in America, Ruiz sent his opponent to the canvas four times in seven rounds, including the occasion that eventually ended the fight, and got up from the canvas once himself.
Fury believes that the fight will go the same way, explaining it's all to do with how the first fight went, saying, "What it is with me, my opinion of that fight, he beat him once and knocked him out, so he's got a mental edge going into the rematch.
"For whatever excuse they made, whatever the problem was in camp, whatever happened in the changing room, whatever. You're going into it mentally beaten already, because you've already been knocked out once.
"I believe 90% is in the mind anyway. So when you've already been beaten by someone, and it wasn't a lucky punch, like you see Lennox Lewis was beaten by [Hasim] Rahman and Oliver McCall, he was winning the fight and he got chinned. Fair play, that's boxing, and then he came back and beat them in the rematch. Joshua wasn't winning that fight, I may have given him one round of the seven."
Fury is now expecting to get his own second chance at winning a version of the heavyweight word title, as he should be fighting Deontay Wilder in February.
The Bronze Bomber got through his rematch with Luis Ortiz on Saturday night, when it looked like he wouldn't for six and a half rounds.
Wilder barely had a moment against the Cuban but with just nine seconds left of the seventh round the American knocked his opponent out with huge right hand.
Seeing the winners of both upcoming rematches face to unify the division would be huge for the sport but can both British boxers win?