Dana White’s Tyson Fury weight dig after Anthony Joshua win | UFC | Sport

Dana White's Tyson Fury weight dig after Anthony Joshua win | UFC | Sport

UFC CEO and president Dana White had some pointed words for heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. The 54-year-old MMA mogul’s dig comes in the aftermath of Anthony Joshua’s dominant win over former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

“If Fury trained for the fight and didn’t show up looking like he ate Tyson Fury, that’s probably the way the fight would’ve ended too,” said White, as per The Sun. “Listen, you know how I feel about crossovers in boxing – that’s how they end, just like that.”

White is referencing to how Fury admitted he was out of shape when he faced Ngannou in the Cameroonian’s boxing debut with the Professional Fighters League. After barely winning the exhibition, Fury shared during a sit-down interview with Oleksandr Usyk and Steve Bunce in late January that he only trained for five weeks to face Ngannou, instead of the usual 12 weeks a boxer would prepare for a typical fight.

“Please. Like I trained 12 weeks fo [Deontay] Wilder and everybody else,” Fury said at the time. “Four or five weeks. How much training does a man need? Three or four weeks of sparring and one week of resting, done.

“We’ve been boxing for all of our lives since young boys, how much training do we need? I’m sure we aren’t going to forget how to box and it’s a fitness competition is it, so I don’t think you need any more than five weeks.”

While Fury took a more lackadaisical approach to his fight with Ngannou, it was clear Joshua was more committed to his training against the former UFC champion. In the first round, Joshua knocked down Ngannou, which appeared to be a wake-up call for the 37-year-old. 

Joshua continued his onslaught on Ngannou, knowing down the latter for a second time, which kept him down until the eight count. Then seconds later, Joshua knocked out Ngannou with a vicious right hit with 33 seconds remaining in the second round.

Ngannou lay motionless on the mat for an alarming duration before he rose to his feet after receiving oxygen. Despite how the fight ended for Ngannou, Joshua believes Ngannou has a future in boxing, if he wants to continue pursuing the discipline, even though he lost his fight two fights. 

“It is what it is. What I said was on the route to the championship, you should always stay focused and that was me stepping aside from that misison. But when I saw the fight with him and Tyson Fury, I was like ‘Damn this guy can fight,'” Joshua said after his win. “He’s an inspiration, a great champion and this doesn’t take away anything from his capabilities.

“I told him that he shouldn’t leave boxing, he can go a long way if he stays dedicated but it’s up to him. The Ben Davison performance centre. I appreciate them [my team] highly, all of these guys that have helped till this day. I’m still learning and pushing. It only takes one shot in the heavyweight division.”

After the win, Joshua made it clear he would like to face Fury next, if he beats Usyk, his scheduled opponent, on May 18. However, the Gypsy King reminded Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn that it might be some time before the two formally face off in the ring. 

“I think there’s quite a long way to go, and for some reason, over the last five years, there’s always been some s*** that gets in the way of it,” Fury said on DAZN. “This time the s*** is the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, so that’s on the back burner for now. Great performance from AJ, fantastic.

“But unfortunately, I’ve got bigger fish to fry in Usyk on May 18th, then we have a rematch in October. After that, if he’s still available and I’m still available, let’s get it on.”

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