TYSON FURY has thrown Anthony Joshua an olive branch and told him to smash Oleksandr Usyk to pieces with it.
The 33-year-old WBC Gypsy King needed AJ to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO titles on Saturday to secure their £200m fight – the biggest in British boxing history.
But the 31-year-old Watford ace surrendered them with a bizarre game plan of trying to outbox the 34-year-old southpaw technician.
The shock loss hurt Fury’s plans and wallet but he refused to put the boot in on his fallen compatriot.
After winning all three of his own rematches, Fury was asked to advise AJ and roared: “I am not worried about Usyk or Joshua and you are not going to get me slagging anyone off.
“I will not kick anyone while they are down. I have no interest in kicking someone who is down and maybe suffering mentally after such a long reign.
“There’s no secret or rocket science to winning a rematch, fighters try to make it technical, downloading data and all that bulls***.
“And if it’s not going well then change it up and do something different.
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“Don’t be a coulda-shoulda-woulda man.
“My advice to Joshua is to get stuck in, put his front foot forward and swing away, swing away.”
Joshua’s unanimous points loss, on home soil against the bookies’ underdog, gave Fury the perfect chance to recycle his favourite ‘big, stiff bodybuilder’ insults.
But having battled depression himself, Fury refused all invitations to mock Joshua.
He said: “Usyk did his job and good luck to him.
“I watched it, was I absolutely wounded he won? Yes.
“I wanted Joshua to win but he couldn’t do it and that’s not any of my business.
“I keep my nose out of everyone else’s business.
“Wilder is the most dangerous fighter out there and beats Joshua, Usyk and everyone else out there.”
AJ is leaping into an instant rematch aimed for March and claimed in the wreckage of his Tottenham defeat that he could still fight Fury without the three belts he lost at the weekend.
Fury was asked if he would be so kind as to afford Joshua that luxury and he did take the bait to offer one slight at the rival who blew their shared fortune.
“I don’t care about anyone else, no one is on my radar barring Deontay Wilder,” he said.
“After him we will talk turkey. But you never have to worry about me fulfilling my end of the bargain, it’s everyone else you have to worry about.”
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