As Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua continue to angle for a “Battle of Britain” heavyweight domestic clash, they have also extended their battle to who can lay the better claim to being Nigerian.
Joshua was the first to throw a punch. Speaking to Sky Sports about Fury’s points win over Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015, Joshua said, “He didn’t throw a punch. He didn’t come to fight. He just walked around the ring for like 12 rounds, it’s boring.
“It’s not winning, it’s how you win.
“His stock didn’t rise. Your stock has got to rise and he could have had the better win, but when people look at it, many years after, ask them whose fight they will remember.”
But Fury has hit back, in a manner least expected.
Sharing a video on Instagram, he captioned it, “I’m more Nigerian than you! I’ll fly the flag for Nigeria when we fight.
“Gypsy man represents the world.”
In the video which the self-titled “gypsy king” shared on Instagram, he said, “I see AJ is talking again, saying my fight was boring.
“Better to win and be boring than to get dropped all over the floor and scraping a win.
“I never got punched; you got carried off the canvas nearly.
“But winning is winning, whether you win by an inch or a mile. Still winning, and I still won. Let’s get it on then. I don’t need no warm-up fights.
“When this political rubbish stops against me, keeping me out of the ring a ploy, to give you a bit of a better chance of beating me.
“And we will get it on October or November, no warm-up fights needed for a bum like you, a useless dosser that you are.
“Let’s see if you can beat me when these bums give me my licence back.”
Fury is back in training as he attempts to make his way back into boxing after he was stripped of his titles, and license, after admitting he had taken cocaine.