George Foreman backs Tyson Fury to beat Anthony Joshua and defends Wilder for blaming ring-walk costume for loss – The Sun
GEORGE FOREMAN thinks Tyson Fury will beat Anthony Joshua.
The 72-year-old legend claimed a fighter 'needs to bring everything' to beat the Gypsy King – but doesn't think AJ has it in him.
Joshua and Fury have now signed the contracts that will see them meet in two mega-fights with the dates and venues still to be agreed.
And two-time heavyweight champion Foreman has predicted the Gypsy King will come out on top against AJ.
He told iFL TV: "That boy Tyson Fury, you're going to have to bring everything you've got to beat him.
"And I'm going to be honest with you, I just cannot see Joshua beating him.
"But I sure would buy some tickets to see what would happen, I'm that curious about it.
"But that Tyson Fury man, woooh, Fury – I mean, how did he get the name?"
Fury snatched the WBC heavyweight crown from American rival Deontay Wilder at the second time of asking last February.
The 32-year-old put in the best performance of his career to win the fight after just seven rounds.
But after Wilder's five-year reign came to end, he blamed his extravagant ring-walk outfit for the defeat.
He rocked up to the ring wearing a jewellery-encrusted costume that was made to celebrate Black History Month.
Following his first career loss, he told Yahoo: "He didn't hurt me at all, but the simple fact is that my uniform was was too heavy for me."
And despite widespread criticism at the time, Foreman reckons it is routine procedure for a fighter to make up an excuse for their defeat.
He added: "When I lost to Muhammad Ali in Africa all those years back, the ropes were loose, someone put something in my water, it was too early in the morning – oh, the excuses went on.
"You've got to have excuses when you lose, especially when you're undefeated.
"You can't just say, 'I lost'. You can't say that.
"And that's gravity, that's putting yourself solidly down to make an excellent comeback."
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