Tyson Fury finally breaks silence on Anthony Joshua's win over Andy Ruiz Jr

Tyson Fury has praised Anthony Joshua for regaining his heavyweight world titles following last week’s comprehensive win over Andy Ruiz Jr.

The former Olympic champion suffered the first defeat of his professional career six months ago on his American debut when he was stunned by the largely unheralded and ungainly Mexican.

Joshua returned to the ring in Saudi Arabia seven days ago and produced an accomplished and measured performance which saw him comfortably outpoint Ruiz Jr who, by his own admission, was in less than ideal condition for the rematch.

Fury had kept his counsel on the fight, with his own eagerly anticipated rematch against Deontay Wilder likely to be rubber stamped in the coming days, until now and somewhat surprisingly, was full of admiration for Joshua.

He said: ‘Fair play to AJ, he outboxed a fella who knocked him out before so that takes a lot of guts.

‘He looked fantastic. I’ve heard all the criticism from the fans but this game is about winning. It doesn’t matter if it’s by an inch or a mile, by a knockout or by one point.

‘Winning is winning, nobody wants to lose. I’d rather stink the place out and win than lose in a very entertaining fight.’

As for Ruiz Jr, who tipped the scales at over 20 stone, Fury added: ‘Well, everyone to their own, I can’t call anyone out on what they do because I’ve made many mistakes and will continue to do so.

‘Maybe he ate too many chocolates or pizzas. Whatever he was eating he came in a little bit too heavy and he couldn’t get his shots off.’

Promoter Bob Arum, meanwhile, is adamant Fury’s shot at beating Wilder following their controversial, incident packed first fight which ended in a draw 12 months ago, will take place on February 22nd in Las Vegas.

Fury said: ‘Let’s face it, no-one’s really interested in Ruiz and Joshua. They’re just two other heavyweights on a collision course.

‘The real fight is me and Wilder. This is the biggest heavyweight fight of my lifetime. Won’t be a bigger one any time soon.’

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