In an exclusive interview with LuckyBlock.com, former Super Middleweight World Champion Carl Froch has questioned Tyson Fury’s credentials and thrown doubt on his preparations for his showdown with Oleksandr Usyk.
Froch also spoke on why Anthiony Joshua is in a great place ahead of his fight with Francis Ngannou and analysed fellow British Heavyweight contenders Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce’s chances.
- Fury never been truly tested, he hasn’t boxed anyone of Usyk’s pedigree
- Silence on Tyson’s social media and no sign of John Fury – What’s going on?
- Anthony Joshua is finally coming out of his shell thanks to new trainer Ben Davison
- Daniel Dubois showed maturity against Jarrell Miller and should rematch Joe Joyce next
Fury’s questionable record to be exposed by Usyk?
Tyson Fury struggled to a points win against Otto Wallin in 2019, while Anthony Joshua demolished the Swede recently to leave question marks in Carl Froch’s mind about how good the Gypsy King really is;
Carl Froch: “I don’t know if it was flattering for AJ or if it just looked bad for Tyson Fury, because he struggled against Otto Wallin. It leaves a lot of question marks. How good is Tyson Fury? What’s he ever done? Who’s he actually beaten? He obviously beat Klitschko in a bit of a stinker. That was just an awkward, horrible performance where he just got inside Klitschko’s head and messed him up with that jab.
“After the Klitschko fight, Fury had those three big standout fights with Deontay Wilder. But how good is Deontay Wilder now? He looked awful against Joseph Parker. So now you start questioning him. Is Tyson Fury actually what we thought he was or has he been flattered by the lack of opposition. We don’t know but we’ll find out when he fights Usyk.”
Silence in Fury’s training camp is cause for concern
Will Fury be ready for Oleksandr Usyk after he was allegedly dropped in sparring by former IBF cruiserweight champ Jai Opetaia? Froch doesn’t think the signs coming out of the WBC champion’s Riyadh camp bode well;
Carl Froch: “Looking at it now, if Fury has trained over Christmas and he’s not been doing anything he shouldn’t have been doing, then maybe six weeks… maybe he has got enough time. I’m still not so sure though. But there’s nothing there? Where’s John Fury? Where’s Tyson’s Instagram stuff? Where’s the stuff on social media? Where’s the Usyk stuff? Maybe the shock of the Ngannou caused him to rethink things, because he did struggle against him.”
New trainer will bring best out of Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua teamed up with Tyson Fury’s former trainer Ben Davison at the end of last year and Froch reckons parting company with Rob McCraken has worked wonders for AJ and helped him rediscover his attacking mentality;
Carl Froch: “There’s been a lot of constructive criticism around where Anthony Joshua is with his mindset because he’s obviously got all the physical capabilities. He’s an absolute machine, he’s a beast, he’s a proper athlete. He looks to have come out of his shell a little bit and it was a decent enough performance [against Wallin]. Ben Davison trains him now and I like Ben Davison at the minute.
“Rob McCracken and Anthony Joshua grew apart. They couldn’t work together anymore but it was a mutual agreement. Rob McCracken’s happy, AJ’s happy and if it’s better for AJ’s career, and he’s not seeing eye to eye with Rob McCracken for whatever reason. He needed to change his trainer to get the best out of his camp and the best out of his performance in the ring.“
Dubois should ‘correct’ Joyce defeat with rematch
Daniel Dubois produced an impressive late knockout of Jarrell Miller in Riyadh before Christmas and Froch believes the young heavyweight should look to avenge his 2020 defeat to compatriot Joe Joyce in his next match;
Carl Froch: “Dubois showed that he was a really good fighter against Jarrell Miller. He showed a lot of maturity in his combination punches, in keeping his opponent at distance. He let himself get backed up, but controlled the pace and didn’t exhaust himself, which I think was what Miller was waiting for to happen. I think potentially a Joe Joyce fight could be a good option for Dubois, just to correct that one. I don’t know about Joe Joyce but I’m sure he still wants to fight at a top level even after his losses to Zhang.