Former four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr. has warned Tyson Fury he must not lose his focus after defeating Deontay Wilder and says he needs to be at his best to beat Anthony Joshua.
The Gypsy King claimed the WBC heavyweight title in empathic fashion on Saturday night in Las Vegas, dropping Wilder twice before the American’s corner finally threw in the towel in the seventh round.
Wilder intends to activate a rematch clause, though most boxing fans are eagerly awaiting a unification fight with three-belt champion Joshua.
After he beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury endured well-publicised struggles outside of the ring, putting on 10 stone in weight, and Jones fears he could take his eye off the ball again.
Asked about a potential tussle between Fury and AJ, Jones told FightHype: ‘It’s a tough fight, it all depends on which Tyson Fury shows up.
‘This is what you’ve got to hope for, this is what you’ve got to hope he’s scared of. And I hope Tyson Fury is listening to this: Don’t go making the same mistake you made after you beat Klitschko.
‘Because if he makes that mistake, AJ will beat him. At the same time, if Tyson Fury comes out with the same fight and desire that he had to beat Wilder this time, then it’s going to be a tough night for AJ.’
Wilder has made a string of excuses since losing, saying his ring-walk outfit was too heavy, and Jones had no time for it: ‘You gotta remember who you’re asking! I played a basketball game before I fought. I’ve got a weighted suit that I work out in, that I shadow-box in, before I fight most of the time now.
‘So to me, if you in shape to fight you in shape to fight whatever they put you through. You’ve got to be prepared for whatever. And you put yourself though that. You think I’m going to put on a costume and walk to the ring when it ain’t never worked before? No I’m not.
‘If it’s never worked before, I’m not going to wear it to the ring. If I hadn’t tried my shoes on, I’m not fighting in them. If I’d not tried my cup on, I’m not fighting in that. That’s what they call a professional.’
Pressed on whether it would have weakened his legs, Jones added: ‘No. How much did Tyson Fury weigh? It was 273 pounds of human flesh that weakened his legs. Every chance Tyson got he put them 273 pounds on them legs. Every chance he got from round one to round seven. So they had nothing to do with the legs. If you’re legs are that weak then you shouldn’t be boxing.’
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