Roy Jones Jr has hit back at Deontay Wilder after the Bronze Bomber said that he does not see Tyson Fury as a champion.
Wilder suffered the first defeat of his professional career and lost the WBC heavyweight title against Fury in Las Vegas in February.
Fury delivered a dominant display and took just seven rounds to beat Wilder, but the 34-year-old said this week that the Gypsy King ‘ain’t the champion yet’.
‘It’s not over,’ Wilder told The PBC Podcast.
‘In my eyes I don’t see Fury as a champion. It’s still going, he ain’t the champion yet, we’ve got one more fight left.
‘At the end of the day I’m happy, my family are happy, I’m recovering, I’m looking forward to giving the world the best of Deontay Wilder.’
But Jones insists Wilder should accept Fury’s current status.
‘You can’t call him nothing but a real champion,’ Jones told iFL TV.
‘The guy beat you, you fought a seven-round fight and a 12-round fight, thats 19 rounds and the guy probably won 14 or 15 of the 19 rounds, so how can you say he’s not a real champion?
‘He beat you and took you out for your title, so how can you say he’s not a real champion?’
Jones also believes Anthony Joshua will be a sterner test for Fury than Wilder.
‘It’s going to be a good fight,’ said Jones.
‘I think it’s going to be a tougher fight for him than Wilder was because Joshua has more weaponry in terms of what he can bring to the table.
‘He’s already brought a few plans to the table, so it’ll be tough.’
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