Anthony Joshua has congratulated Tyson Fury on his victory over Deontay Wilder and paid tribute to his recovery from a double-knockdown.
Fury retained his heavyweight title by stopping Wilder in the 11th round of their trilogy fight – just two weeks after Joshua had lost his own belts to Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua's defeat put paid – for the time being at least – to an undisputed clash between the two Brits.
And the Briton has congratulated the 'Gypsy King' on his latest victory, while pointing out the importance of his trainer Sugar Hill Steward.
“Fury done really well for a man in his first title defence as a champion,” Joshua told IFL TV. “It shows just how tough it is being champion at the moment.
“But he did very well to come through the storm, but SugarHill deserves a round of applause in the corner. That helped him a lot having that trust and wisdom in his corner, a great corner set-up.
“Well done to him WBC champion of the world and two-time champion it is lovely for his wife and family particularly his old man [John Fury] who deserves it and is his biggest f****** supporter.
“So it is lovely to see him making his family proud same as I make my family proud so well done to them. And Sugar Hill Steward and Andy Lee have done a superb job with Tyson."
Joshua himself was set to meet Fury in an undisputed clash this summer but was forced to chase a defence against Usyk instead.
But Fury instead dethroned Wilder in explosive fashion recovering from an early storm to close the show with a huge right hand.
And Joshua believes Wilder has tried to "learn" from fighting Fury by comparing his own experiences with the 'Bronze Bomber's'.
"“I would of iced half the mother f****** he has in his fights,” Joshua continued. “And then you come up against one of two good fighters and it shows how difficult it is at the top level.
“And he is trying to learn now because he has realised ’s***’ Fury is a decent fighter’ and if he uses his ability to learn as fuel he could go far in the next three or four years.
“Whereas I have learned from my experiences such as taking punches, trying not to get hit. But it just shows to up and coming fighters it is good to be protected but don’t do any cherry picking with your opponents, go out and test your metal.
"If the fans can't see I would take these fights with the fighters like Wilder in a heartbeat, and I want people to know that I would fight anyone in their prime or anytime. Give me a mandatory and I will fight anyone, I love the game and will fight anyone."
Joshua will now prepare for his rematch with Usyk with his promoter Eddie Hearn targeting a date in March or April.
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