Exclusive: Fury embarrassed Klitschko, very dangerous fight for Joshua – says Yarde

Joe Hewlett 01/09/2017
Anthony Joshua Tyson Fury

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Anthony Joshua is set to fight towards the backend of this year with Kubrat Pulev in pole position as his IBF mandatory challenger.

The duo have been linked to a contest at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and will be AJ’s first bout since his sensational stoppage of the retired Wladimir Klitschko.

Fellow Londoner Anthony Yarde believes the world champion is the biggest name in heavyweight boxing.

“Joshua needs the right move at the right time, this is one of my slogans, everybody was saying Joshua should fight this person, or he’s ducked this person but when the times right or whatever fight makes sense at the right time, that’s what matters,” Yarde exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Right now, Joshua is the biggest name in heavyweight fighting in my opinion, he knocked Klitschko out and he showed all the attributes people want to see,” he added.

The British super-fight grabbing the public’s imagination is a potential dust-up between Joshua and former king Tyson Fury.

Fury has been out of action since his magnificent points victory over Klitschko in 2015, although Yarde still believes the 29 year-old is a very dangerous fight for AJ.

“I’ve always said this, Joshua has got more to lose right now and shouldn’t fight Fury, I wouldn’t want him to fight Fury if he’s had a few warm-up fights,” said Yarde.

“As much as people don’t wanna admit it, he’s a good fighter, and can embarrass a fighter like Klitschko. They don’t know how to handle him, no one expected it,” he added.

Yarde also stated how he was amazed by the talent Fury possesses and has insisted the ‘Gypsy King’ stands out from the pack.

“He was boxing like a lightweight, I seen a couple of videos of him doing pad work, he does everything different compared to other heavyweights.

“He’s elusive, I’m not comparing him to Floyd, but after the eight round your like oh my gosh, I haven’t hit him yet.

“Boxing is like chess, for a boxing fan and someone who understands the fight I find it intriguing to watch these fights.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95