Joshua, who beat Andy Ruiz Jr in December to reclaim the world heavyweight titles, made a public offer to assist Fury as a sparring partner so as to prepare him for his upcoming rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder which takes place on February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Fury upon hearing Joshua’s offer of training with him, quickly accepted it publicly- but since then there has been no word from Joshua or his managers.
Seeing that both fighters haven’t fought each other before, and that they are both British and could make a lot of cash from fighting each other in the UK, the sparring proposal from Joshua seemed very strange, as fans would rather want to see a real fight than see both fighters train. But Fury accepted the offer and has now come out to criticize the British-Nigerian boxer.
“They offered hot air as usual. I accepted, they haven’t turned up, take what you want from it, that’s it.
‘Joshua’s nothing like Wilder but I’d like to bring him over and give him a good hiding anyway. But they’re not going to come, let’s face it,” Fury told BoxingScene.com.
“They’re not going to come over and get beat up in sparring. It was just a stupid offer at a stupid time – wasn’t thinking, I accepted straight away, me being me, and that was it. I don’t read into it too much, he ain’t coming, simple as. He ain’t got the bollocks to turn up and spar, end of.”
Fury also criticized for the first time, Joshua’s win over Andy Ruiz in their Saudi Arabia rematch.
“I don’t think it was a great performance. I thought it was a hit and run, sh-thouse style, coward. Every time he stood still Andy rocked him to his boots. But it was what it was. He got the decision, fair play. On to the next one,” Fury said.