2pm Boxing news LIVE: Fury claims Joshua’s career is over if Ruiz wins, and Gypsy King unimpressed by Wilder’s Ortiz KO – The Sun

THE countdown is well and truly on to Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

As well as the huge clash in the desert, there's plenty to look forward to in 2020 as Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder remain on a collision course after the Bronze Bomber's dramatic win over Luis Ortiz.

But the Gypsy King has claimed that AJ's career could be over if he suffers a second defeat to undisputed champ Ruiz.

Follow all the gossip from the world of boxing below…


  • EXCLUSIVE by Fiaz Rafiq: TYSON FURY will get wrapped up and tapped out if he dares to jump into the cage with a real mixed martial artist in the UFC.

    Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield reckons the Gypsy King’s latest big-money potential career change will end in a painful submission, if he picks the wrong rival.

    The former cruiser and heavyweight king fears the 6ft 9in Brit’s gangly limbs will be used against him by a wrestling or jiu-jitsu ace inside the octagon.

    The 57-year-old told SunSport: “I hope he doesn’t get tore up, when he’s down in the cage, if he does go ahead with this idea of his.

    “In a fight, if he’s going to try to hit his opponent, he’s going to have to hit him in the head and once the UFC fighter gets under him he is going to tie Fury up like a knot, with his body.

    “Fury won’t have the advantage anymore with that long body of his. These UFC guys will wrap him up and he’ll be tapping out quickly because they’re going to break something of his.

    “He could try to stay away, but as soon as the fighter gets close, those guys can grab your arm and flip you over and throw you. And if you’re not accustomed to landing properly you’re going to get hurt quickly.”

  • GEORGE FOREMAN claims that Deontay Wilder doesn't possess the punching power of Mike Tyson – despite him being the hardest-hitting heavyweight in history.

    The Bronze Bomber has a knockout ratio of 97 per cent after stopping 41 of his 43 opponents following his brutal one-shot finish against Luis Ortiz at the weekend.

    Rocky Marciano is next on the list with a KO ratio of 87 per cent from his 49 fights – the same percentage as Ukrainian great Vitali Klitschko.

    Foreman is fourth with 85 per cent from 81 fights, with Iron Mike completing the top five with 76 per cent from 58 fights.

    Wilder's emphatic win was his tenth successful defence of his WBC title, but former world champion Foreman insists he still needs a victory against a top-tier opponent.

    Speaking of the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, he told TMZ Sports: “He’s good but he hasn’t approached Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson. No, he hasn’t approached that kind of recognition yet. No way.

    “For me, he has to have a performance like Mike Tyson did over Trevor Berbick. Boy, when I saw that, I was down visiting Vegas, and I thought, 'This guy is a nightmare!'”

  • ANTHONY JOSHUA has clarified his statement that his downfall to Andy Ruiz Jr came from a “punch from the gods”.

    Brit star AJ was left on his hands and knees four times in June after being stunned by 19st underdog Ruiz as he suffered a first professional defeat.

    But he explained on The Gloves Are Off: “Why did I say it was a punch from the gods? Because I train in a certain way that means he shouldn't hit me with that shot. So I said it was sent from the gods.

    “But for him, for Andy? That's the shot he landed because he trained for it.

    “I don't worry too much what he's doing. He knows what he's doing. I have to focus on myself.”

  • LUIS ORTIZ has warned Tyson Fury he will be KO'd by Deontay Wilder in the re-match of their controversial draw.

    After big-hitting Yank Wilder stopped Ortiz in the seventh round on Saturday, the Cuban said: “Me and Fury are two completely different fighters.

    “I don’t believe that Wilder probably will respect Fury in a rematch, and [they] might have the same outcome by knockout victory.”

  • TYSON FURY slammed Deontay Wilder for a “terrible” performance against “50-year-old” Luis Ortiz.

    The Bronze Bomber, 34, again came from behind to knockout Ortiz, 40, for a second time retaining his WBC crown last Saturday.

    Wilder now moves on to rematch Fury, 31, on February 22 in Las Vegas after their split-decision draw last year.

    The Gypsy King recorded two wins in 2019, against Tom Schwarz and then Otto Wallin ahead of his second crack at the WBC heavyweight title.

    But he was left unimpressed with Wilder’s round seven KO against Ortiz, having been down on all the judges scorecards before the devastating right hand.

    When asked if he was impressed with the win, Fury said: “Definitely not it was terrible.

    “He lost every round to a 50 year old man, & then ko him when he slowed down, it was pants.”

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