The Gypsy King has a banana skin of his own coming up this weekend against Tom Schwarz, but he believes AJ has to call it a day if he loses to Ruiz Jr for a second time
Now that the dust has settled on Anthony Joshua’s shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, the heavyweight division is beginning to take shape once more.
Tyson Fury will be in action this Saturday in Las Vegas against relatively unknown German Tom Schwarz and Joshua has already invoked his rematch clause to face Ruiz Jr later this year.
However, Fury believes that Joshua needs to retire if he cannot regain his WBA (super), IBO, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Ruiz Jr.
“He has to get a couple of wins under his belt and convince the public that he’s a fighting man again. Got to school, learn what to do again. Get a bit of mental coaching, and that’s it. Try and make a comeback,” Fury told IFL TV when asked about a date with Joshua in the future.
“If he can’t make a comeback, if he can’t beat Andy Ruiz Jr., you ain’t going to do anything to Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder or any other decent heavyweight in the world either. If he can’t beat Ruiz in the rematch he’s done, finished, goodnight, bye-bye.
“If he can’t beat Ruiz in the rematch he needs to retire, simple as. Forget about it. Give it up. He’s done well out of it, he’s earned a few quid, he’s won a world title before and everything else that goes with it. So fair play to him.”
Fury seems to flirt between understanding and supporting his compatriot – like his tweet in the aftermath of the loss – to rubbing salt into raw wounds.
The Gypsy King has his own chance to make a statement this Saturday at the MGM Grand with a date against Deontay Wilder in the offing later this year if all goes according to plan.
After the shock we saw at Madison Square Garden, nobody should rule out the possibility of another upset, but Fury insists he’d be just as honest with himself if that happens as he has been with Joshua.
Fury continued: “If I can’t beat Tom Schwarz, then I’ll retire too, so that will make two bums retired won’t it? Because there will be no point continuing, that’s the way I look at it.
“If I lost to Andy Ruiz, I’d retire. And if I lose to Tom Schwarz I’ll retire too. I’ll have the rematch first and if I lose again I’ll 100% retire. ‘I won’t delude myself and say it’s a mental issue or whatever. I’ll retire, I’ll be a man and say, “Listen, fair play, Tom Schwarz is a beast”. But I don’t see that happening because I don’t shit myself when I get into a boxing ring.”