Tyson Fury’s classy message to Anthony Joshua ahead of unification fight

Tyson Fury has hailed bitter rival Anthony Joshua for his classy response to his first professional defeat.

Joshua was stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr last year in a shocking upset – but he avenge the defeat six months later.

And Fury, who is on course to face his domestic foe next year, compared Joshua's response with that of Deontay Wilder who has made a string of laughable excuses for his loss to Fury.

"He handled it like a man, he handled it very sportsmanlike, he took it in his stride." Fury told talkSPORT.

"He knew he’d make a mistake. He didn't say why, he didn't make excuses, I didn't hear any excuses.

"He just said: 'Well done, see you next time'.

"I hope that I would conduct myself like that, as well, if it happened to me.

"We've seen it so much over the years – Wilder’s excuses, David Haye's excuses, everybody who loses a fight for whatever reason they always say: 'I had a bad foot, a bad shoulder'.

"Either don’t take the fight and have it postponed, or if you are going to take it, don’t mention it afterwards! Don’t take the glory from someone else’s victory. I take my hat off to AJ, that was class.

"Providing we both come through our next fights I would like to think that me and Joshua will finally get made, both on top of our careers, both world heavyweight champions, twice next year hopefully."

Before Fury can touch gloves with Joshua, he must first overcome Agit Kabayel at the Royal Albert Hall on December 5.

And a week later, Joshua defends his world titles against Kubrat Pulev knowing victory will set him up for one of the biggest fights in boxing history.

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