Tyson Fury hits out at Anthony Joshua’s Black Lives Matter protest speech

Tyson Fury has slammed Anthony Joshua over his speech at a Black Lives Matter march in Watford earlier this month.

Unified heavyweight champion Joshua addressed a crowd of many hundreds of people at a march arranged after the death of George Floyd in police custody in the US.

The speech was written by Joshua's friend who could not attend the march and one section, taken out of context, drew criticism after AJ said: "Show them where it hurts.

"Abstain from spending your money in their shops and economies, and invest in black-owned businesses."

After online backlash to the speech, Joshua responded with a statement calling for his comments to be taken in context.

He wrote: “If you think I’m a racist, go f*** yourself! If you watch the full video, the speech was passed around for someone to read and I took the lead.

“I personally spoke from the heart about the Watford community, ideas of us personally investing seven figures to create unity and opportunities and adding change to the African/Caribbean community.

“Shops aren’t the issue here. Before you talk s***, you better boycott racism.”

Fury has now given his verdict on Joshua's speech, insisting his fellow Brit is entitled to his opinion but claiming he would be "crucified" if he made comparable comments.

"I'm sure AJ has got his reasons why he said what he said, and its concern is none of my business what he said," Fury told Behind The Gloves.

"That's his own opinion and everyone to their opinion. Whatever his reasons were, he's done it and it's in the past so it's moved on.

"I'm sure he's apologised if he's offended anybody – oh he actually didn't, did he! He actually said if you didn't like what I said, go f*** yourself. So no apology necessary.

"Let's just say, I'm not pushing knives in or pushing anybody when they're down but if it had been me who said it, 'don't shop in any black-owned stores or any Asian owned stores' or anything, or don't buy from their businesses, then I'd have been crucified like Jesus Christ. I'll just say that."

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn claimed the WBA, WBO and IBF champion was "upset" by the criticism he received.

But Fury, who has received racial abuse due to his travelling background, claims the Matchroom Sport boss will have been angered by the damage the speech may have done to AJ's reputation.

The Gypsy King added: "The thing is with Joshua, he's always got Eddie to talk for him and Eddie does all the media stuff and all that and he sort of just reads off a piece of paper.

"'Even that speech he was reading, he read it off a piece of paper. Nothing is freestyle, everything is wrote out or planned.

"So during the lockdown obviously Eddie wasn't with him when he did this, or else he'd have given him a right kick up the rear end.

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"Because I think it's cost him a lot of pay-per-views, figures and stuff like that, and it's upset a lot of people because he's supposed to be the poster boy, the role model, the ambassador and talks bulls*** like that.

"But it is what it is what it is. Everyone to their own. None of my concern, to be fair."

Last week, Joshua and Fury agreed in principle to a two-fight deal.

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