Everyone by now has seen how grossly out of shape Tyson Fury looked in his beach video from last week, and it’s pretty obvious that he’s not been hitting the gym to prepare for his heavyweight unification fight against Anthony Joshua in the summer.
The fact that Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) felt comfortable enough to post the video on his social media site could be a sign that he’s looking for an excuse to feed to the boxing public if he loses to Joshua.
Most boxing fans were shocked at how terribly fat Fury is looking right now, especially in comparison to Joshua, who has kept himself in shape by working hard in the gym since his fight against Kubrat Pulev last December.
Last month in an interview with Gareth Davies, Fury spent much of the time complaining about his inactivity and how he’ll have been out of the ring for well over a year by the time he faces Joshua.
You could tell from listening to Fury that he’s not a happy camper about going into his fight with Joshua without a fight since his rematch with former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in February 2020.
Hopefully, Fury takes the high road and gives Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) credit if he loses to him because we really don’t need another sore loser. Wilder was full of excuses after his loss to Fury. Will we see stooping to the same level?
Compared to how Fury acted before his two fights against Wilder and his match against Otto Wallin, he doesn’t seem nearly as excited about the Joshua fight.
Could it be that Fury is afraid, and he perhaps realizes that he’s facing a guy that he doesn’t match up well against compared to his past opponents?
Fury and Joshua have sparred in the past, and you got to believe that AJ got the better of him.
The way that Joshua has looked in his last two fights against Kubrat Pulev and Andy Ruiz Jr shows that he’s not the same flawed fighter he was in the past when he fought Ruiz the first time and when he struggled against Dillian Whyte and Wladimir Klitschko.
If Fury feels he needs a good excuse if things don’t work out well for him against Joshua, it’ll be easy for him to start moaning about how he was out of shape and rusty due to his long period of inactivity.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been an issue if Fury had simply given Wilder the trilogy match he was contractually obligated to give him. If Fury wants to blame someone for him being out of the ring for over a year, he only needs to look in the mirror.