TYSON FURY insists he has leapfrogged Anthony Joshua into a surprise fight with Deontay Wilder because AJ doesn’t have the nuts for the battle.
The Watford superstar needs the American’s WBC belt to complete his heavyweight collection of WBA, IBF and WBO straps, but talks with Wilder keep collapsing.
Wembley is booked for the April 13, with the unification super-fight the target, but former champ Fury claims he is advanced talks to challenge the Bronze Bomber in December.
The Gypsy King said: “When you’ve got no nuts, you wont’ fight people.
“Joshua and Eddie Hearn have got no bottle, no heart and no guts.
“I’m taking this fight to prove to the British public what they are – s***houses.
“He’s world champion and he’s supposed to be the golden boy of British boxing and I’ve had to come out of retirement to put British boxing back on the map because at the minute we are a laughing stock. The whole of America is laughing at us.
“It takes the Gypsy King to come out after three years to beat the best fighter out there.
The announcement is a drastic turn around after the 29-year-old and promoter Frank Warren insisted, after almost 1000 days out, he needed four comeback fights.
The second is on August 18 against Francesco Pianeta, but the third could now apparently be an unlikely shot at the Alabama giant.
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Fury said: “The one thing I can say about Deontay Wilder is that he is brave.
“They tried to do a fight with Joshua, Joshua has run his behind in the bushes, they don’t want no part of it. That’s it.
“Wilder wants to come after me. He wants to become the lineal heavyweight champion of the world and to do that he needs to beat me.”
Fury also took the chance to slate Joshua’s most recent performances as the bad blood between them continues to flow.
He said: “He is picking his opponents, little small men. It just shows you the calibre of the man.
“Carlos Takam gave him all sort of problems and the referee had to save him by stopping Takam when he didn’t have to because he was holding on for dear life. And Dereck Chisora has just knocked Takam spark out.
“Dillian Whyte gave him problems.
“Joshua couldn’t land any punches on Joseph Parker and Dillian Whyte dropped him and nearly knocked him out and he’s a bum.
“He has been exposed in my opinion and if he does fight Wilder he will get knocked out because he’s useless.
“He’s been working on too much power and not enough speed. Bum. End of. Remember they’re all bums.
“I am the greatest, the best talker, the best mover, the best speed, the most guts, the most determination, and the most ‘yes I will’.
“The rest are all s***house bums.”