By Charles Brun: Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko came firing back at Tyson Fury on Wednesday, letting him know that he’s a hypocrite and needs to keep his trap shut after his comment about Oleksandr Usyk this week.
Fury said on social media that Anthony Joshua had let a “little steroid man” [Usyk] defeat him and take his three titles last September at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London, England.
As you would expect, Wladimir saw Fury’s comments as a little rich, considering that ‘The Gypsy King’ tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug [PED] nandrolone in February 2015. Fury would later beat Wladimir during the same year in November 2015, but obviously, it looked terrible that Tyson had tested positive for a PED earlier.
“You’ve let a little steroid man come up from middleweight and set about ye and take all your belts,” said Fury on social media in criticizing Joshua.
On Tuesday, WBC heavyweight champion Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) lit into Anthony Joshua, blasting him over him, losing his IBF/WBA/WBO titles to Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) last year on September 25th in London.
The three titles that Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) lost used to belong to Fury at one point, but he quickly lost them when his life quickly unraveled following his upset victory over then IBF/WBA/WBO champion Wladimir on November 28, 2015, in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Fury let Joshua have it over him losing his three belts, as Tyson wanted those straps to stay in the UK for some reason. ‘
The Gypsy King’ didn’t like the idea of the three belts returning to Ukraine, where they were residing, when the Ukrainian Wladimir held the straps in 2015.
“@Tyson_Fury, you live in a glass house and someone needs to take away your stones,” said Wladimir Klitschko on social media. “It wasn’t long ago before our fight where you ACTUALLY tested positive. Anyone can Google it. Keep it classy!!! #usykchampion #ukraine #hypocrite @usykaa.”
Fury reacts to Wladimir’s biting criticism
“Wladimir, you’ve got some cheek to come back after all these years and open your big mouth,” said Fury on social media, reacting to Klitschko bashing him on social media earlier today.
“You never landed a punch. You never landed a punch. I took all your belts off you. Look, these used to belong to you, mush. Now they belong to me, you useless dosser. Keep on dreaming,” said an amped-up Fury.
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) January 12, 2022
Wladimir did land punches against Fury, and he likely would have beaten him if he had his late trainer Emanuel Steward in his corner.
Steward had recently passed away, leaving Wladimir rudderless with his former gym mate Jonathan Banks as his trainer, who he failed to follow his instructions during the fight with Fury.
It bothers Fury that Joshua lost his belts against the much smaller former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk, but it was bound to happen.
At this point, Joshua is being beaten by the unlikeliest of opposition, and it’s clear that he doesn’t possess the ability to beat top-tier fighters any longer consistently.
The magic question is whether Joshua’s downfall is an age-related training issue or his being exposed as a limited fighter. Whatever the problem is, Fury can’t fix it by bashing Joshua and making him feel bad for losing to Usyk.
How do you put Humpty-dumpty [Joshua] back together again? You can’t. Joshua’s career is falling apart, and there’s nothing Fury, or a new trainer can do about it.
The only thing that CAN be done is for Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to skillfully match him as he used to against weak opposition like Carlos Takam, Charles Martin, and Eric Molina.
Even if Joshua beats Usyk in the rematch, it’s only a matter of time before AJ loses again. He’s not that good of a fighter, and he never was.
You can go back to Joshua’s controversial Olympic gold medal win in 2012 to see that he’s always been a flawed fighter from day one. In the pros, you can’t count on consistently being given questionable victories like we saw Joshua getting in the London Olympics in 2012.