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The path to Tyson Fury goes through Deontay Wilder, says John Fury

Tyson Fury (right) with his father John Fury

The only way that Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23) will get a shot at Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) is if he defeats Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (41) according to the father of the WBC heavyweight champion.

John Fury is adamant that his son’s longtime domestic rival needs to get a W against big-hitting American Wilder to be considered a viable opponent for the self-styled Gypsy King.

The 35-year-old Fury fought a three-fight series with Wilder, 37, for two wins and a draw. Joshua has been in protracted negotiations to face Wilder but after funding from Saudi Arabia dried up, that fight is unlikely to happen until the first quarter of 2024 if it happens at all.

Former two-time WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua, 34, has already fought twice this year, logging wins over fringe contender Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius following his rematch loss to Oleksandr Usyk in August last year. Franklin lasted the 12-round distance, while Helenius was knocked out cold by a right hand to the head in the seventh round.

Fury’s next assignment takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 30 when he takes on boxing debutant and former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a 10-round non-title bout.

He is expected to follow that fight with a four-belt unification bout against Ukrainian southpaw Usyk 21-0 (14).

For those who dare to dream, this could clear the way for the long overdue all-British showdown to take place in the second half of next year.

“The only way that [Fury-Joshua] can happen is if he beats Deontay Wilder. Everyone is skipping Wilder and no one wants to face him. I can’t stand him as a man, but every boxer on the planet is shit scared of him except the Gypsy King, who’s beat him twice,” Fury said to The Daily Mail.

“If AJ wants to face Tyson, let him defeat Wilder. No one wants Wilder. They can’t take Wilder’s power. They’ve all got to face Wilder to get to ‘The Gypsy King’. If they think they’re going to tread low and then get paid multi millions when they don’t deserve it… at the end of the day, [Joshua] had an easy ride getting the belts. Let him earn his stripes to get to the Gypsy King.

“They’re going to have to line up and do something big. Tyson went to everyone’s backyard to get them titles. If Joshua beats Wilder, that fight can be made in 30 seconds.

“If AJ is good enough, let him beat Wilder and that makes this fight mega big. But at the moment it’s dead in the water because he doesn’t deserve it. He can’t face a few bums and face the Gypsy King, can he? I know the public want to see it but let him earn it.”