Is Tyson Fury asking for a fight with Anthony Joshua after defeating Deontay Wilder with ‘Nigeria’ gumshield?
Tyson Fury appeared to taunt heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua by wearing a ‘Nigeria’ themed gumshield during his emphatic victory over Deontay Wilder on Saturday night. The Gypsy King gave a dominant and powerful display in Las Vegas, twice knocking Wilder to the canvas before the American’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round. Having claimed the WBC title, all eyes are now on a unification fight between Fury and fellow Brit Joshua – who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles.
And Fury appeared to pre-empt that talk with eagle-eyed viewers spotting a reference to AJ’s Nigerian heritage, with Fury wearing a green and white mouth guard with ‘Nigeria’ written on it during his win over Wilder.
Joshua, who is actually in Nigeria at the moment, has a tattoo of the African country on his right shoulder and is incredibly proud of his roots, recently registering for a national ID card in the nation’s capital Abuja. AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has already made it clear they want a unification fight this summer, while Fury’s camp would also prefer a unification bout next.
However, Wilder holds the key to any heavyweight Battle of Britain, with the American having a rematch clause which he can trigger at any time in the next 30 days. Given the comprehensive nature of Fury’s victory, though, he may opt against a trilogy fight.
Fury is clearly keen to take on Joshua and unify the division, saying after his win over Wilder: ‘I’ve got another old fella across the pond who might want a little tickle. ‘Then that is it then. It’s completed. Done.’