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Anthony Joshua praises Tyson Fury following last month’s win

Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury’s battle with depression and mental health issues has improved his mentality as a fighter.

In the rematch of heavyweights, Fury dropped Deontay Wilder in the third and fifth rounds before the American’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh session.

Joshua believes Fury’s 30 months away from the ring between November 2015 and June 2018 has made him an even better fighter.

Joshua, speaking on Lucozade’s Running The Show podcast, said of Fury’s recent win over Wilder: “Fury is very talented. Wilder is very talented. They went in there and gave their best and one man came out on top.  Maybe Wilder thought it was going to be an easier fight because Fury had a long layoff and had his own issues outside of the ring and stuff like that. 

“They were both physically conditioned for the fight but sometimes when you have been at rock bottom where Fury was the only way is up.  You can’t actually go any lower than that so he picked himself up and only he knew how high he took his heights. You can only let yourself get to rock bottom again. 

“I think he was at his highest height that night so it paid off for him. Mentally he was at the best place possible and he just pulled off a great performance against a dangerous puncher.”

Following the victory over Wilder, Fury sets sights on a fight with another heavyweight giant and his compatriot Anthony Joshua. However, before the fight with Fury, Joshua is set to face Kubrat Pulev on June 20.

Source: Daily Mail

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