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Tyson Fury has sent a classy message to rival Anthony Joshua for his response to his first professional defeat. Joshua was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr last year but six months later he avenged the defeat.
Fury, who is on course to face his domestic opponent 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.”