Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury (21-1, 11 KOs) believes that his boxing style is all wrong for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs).
Fury, who is the cousin of lineal champion Tyson Fury, was a very interested observer when Joshua retained his belt last Saturday night, with a seventh round knockout of mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in London.
“It was interesting, [Joshua] is learning by his fights. I think he went in with the wrong strategy to be honest. He got caught early on and Povetkin stunned him a bit and it took Joshua a while to get back in the fight. But I knew the longer it went on that it would work in Joshua’s favour. Joshua can definitely use his jab and he’s learning by his fights. But while I was watching that fight I was just rubbing my hands together and saying: ‘I hope I get that fight soon,’" Fury told The Express.
Last year, Fury lost a close twelve round decision to then WBO champion Joseph Parker. Fury believes that he was robbed on a decision win.
He bounced back in May with a fifth round stoppage of Sam Sexton.
And next month in Bulgaria, Fury will collide with Kubrat Pulev in an IBF final eliminator.
A victory over Pulev would put Fury in line for Joshua.
And once that happens, Fury expects to outbox the unified champ.
“I think I’m his worst nightmare, definitely. Styles makes fights and Joshua - I can’t take anything away, he’s doing good - but I do believe that my style is his worst nightmare," Fury said.
“I don’t like giving too much away but I believe my style, my boxing is too much for Joshua. I’m not afraid of fighting anyone - my main concern now is getting past Pulev and whatever fight comes past then, I’ll take care of. But Joshua is the fight I want, and I won’t stop until I get it.”