Tyson Fury is not in 100 per cent condition heading into his rematch with Deontay Wilder this Saturday, according to trainer SugarHill Steward.
The Gypsy King is gearing up for another shot at WBC heavyweight champion Wilder, almost 15 months on from their controversial split-decision draw out in Los Angeles.
After outboxing the American for the majority of the contest, Fury climbed off the canvas in dramatic fashion late on but was denied a second world-title triumph by the judges.
Now he is looking to take the title from Wilder in Las Vegas, but promoter Eddie Hearn believes the latter will come out on top
“I thought (Fury) might win the fight, but I’ve heard a few things in the camp and stuff like that,” he told talkSPORT.
“Listen, it might be rubbish, but I do think Wilder’s gonna win the fight by stoppage.
“I hope he doesn’t, I would love to see Tyson Fury make the fight because Tyson Fury will fight Anthony Joshua, he actually wants to fight Anthony Joshua.”
And Steward, Fury’s trainer, has admitted his fighter will not be in tip-top condition when he locks horns with Wilder again on Saturday night.
“Whatever Eddie says is true,” he told Behind The Gloves.
“I don’t wanna argue with Eddie Hearn or anybody that’s saying that Tyson’s injured and stuff like that.
“With Tyson, he could be (injured), could be or maybe not. Nobody comes into a fight 100 per cent. So that’s just being honest.
“Every fighter, and not even fighters, in every sport. If you train hard, everybody has some kind of an injury, some kind of nick, and that’s just the truth.
“But they go on with it. That’s part of being a champion, that’s part of the game, the sports game.
“You see the soccer players, they fall down like their leg is broke, they get up about 45 seconds later they’re back running full speed like it never happened – but I’m thinking they need a doctor! They need to get carried out on an ambulance on a stretcher!
“They play with those injuries, but still very competitive, still scoring, still doing what they have to do because they’ve been training for this.
“They’ve been going through and working at this sport with injuries their whole life, that’s what builds that person.”