Tyson Fury dismisses Anthony Joshua in mythical fight against Muhammad Ali

Tyson Fury has played down Anthony Joshua's chances in a mythical fight against ring legend Muhammad Ali.

Fury addressed the fight whilst answering questions ahead of his trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder this Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The fight is Fury's first since knocking out Wilder last February to win the WBC heavyweight title.

Fury moved his training camp for the fight to Morecambe after his newborn daughter Athena suffered major health issues and was forced into intensive care.

The fight's original date of July 24 was cancelled after Fury tested positive for Covid-19, something that Wilder claimed Fury "faked" to intentionally delay the fight.

The Brit was asked whether past heavyweights such as Ali, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes and George Foreman would beat the likes of today's heavyweights in Fury, Joshua and Wilder.

And Fury told ' Behind The Gloves ': "I think that the fighters of the past were different men than they are today. Not including myself, because I come from an old cloth like they are.

"But the likes of the fighters we have around today making excuses that someone's drugged his water or whatever. I don't think that the new fighters of today would live with the old guys, not at all.

"Too game, too rugged and too tough. I think all of the lads you said from the past would beat all of them from the future today, apart from myself.

"Because I don't compare myself to any other heavyweights from the past, it's disrespectful and distasteful."

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Wilder accused Fury of stuffing his glove in their rematch last year and said the Brit won't get away with "cheating" in their trilogy.

But Fury has shown genuine concern for Wilder's comments and thinks the American is suffering from mental health issues ahead of their third clash.

He said: "I don't really make nothing much of his opinions of late, because it's an opinion of an unwell person.

"I've been mentally unwell myself before and I've said some stuff when I've been mentally unwell that a sane person wouldn't say. So there's a lot of stuff going on with Deontay Wilder.

"Does that sound like a sane person? Talking to himself, saying s*** like that. I don't know, the guy's crazy."

Fury has previously documented his own mental health struggles, falling into a state of depression after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

The Brit took a three year hiatus from the ring but has since returned to win Wilder's heavyweight title last year and defeat the likes of Otto Wallin and Tom Schwarz.

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