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'I Would’ve Put Him Against Fury Two Months After Usyk 2' - Says Frank Warren, If He was Anthony Joshua's Promoter

Frank Warren, who manages WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, recently shared his thoughts on Anthony Joshua during an episode of William Hill’s podcast, Up Front with Simon Jordan. Warren expressed doubt in Joshua’s current form, suggesting he’s vulnerable to losing against any top-tier opponent right now.

This weekend, Joshua is set to fight Robert Helenius, after his initial match against Dillian Whyte was canceled. Whyte’s participation was halted after questionable results emerged from his drug test with VADA.

Were Warren in charge of Joshua’s matches, he’d pit him against Fury without hesitation. However, it appears Joshua has his sights set on a bout with ex-WBC champion Deontay Wilder, targeting a January date.

Sharing his candid views, Warren stated, that If he managed Joshua, he’d have arranged a face-off with Fury without a doubt. He suggested that even after Joshua’s bout with Oleksandr Usyk, he would’ve pushed for a match with Fury since Joshua didn’t physically suffer much. Although Warren hinted at a potential psychological impact from that loss, he believes Joshua’s confidence has been waning for some time.

He further questioned Joshua’s future match-ups by saying, If he’s steering clear of a rematch with Usyk, who holds a majority of the titles, and isn’t aiming for a match with the WBC titleholder, which is Tyson Fury, then what’s his game plan? Is he anticipating improving significantly to challenge these fighters? That’s the narrative being presented, but I’m not buying it.

“If I was Anthony Joshua’s promoter I’d make him fight Tyson Fury,” Warren said to William Hill. “I even would’ve put him in against Fury two months after he fought Oleksandr Usyk, he didn’t take a beating in that fight. It may have been a psychologically damaging outcome for Joshua, but he has been psychologically gone for a couple of years now.

“You wouldn’t particularly want to see Joshua in the ring against Usyk again, so if he’s not going to fight Usyk, who is the man with most of the belts, and he doesn’t want to fight the holder of the WBC belt which is Tyson Fury, then what does he want to do? Does he think he’s going to get any better to be able to take these guys on? That’s what they’re trying to sell, and they’re selling bullsh!t.”

Meanwhile, Fury is prepping for an October 28 match where he’ll face ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

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