Man Utd hero Rio Ferdinand sends Anthony Joshua message to Tyson Fury
Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has urged ‘inspirational’ Tyson Fury to fight British heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua at Old Trafford following his brilliant victory over Deontay Wilder.
Fury defended his WBC title and ended his rivalry with Wilder with a stunning 11th-round stoppage in their trilogy fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The unbeaten Brit remained coy over his future fight plans after the win but Dillian Whyte has emerged as the favourite to face the Gypsy King next, providing he beats Otto Wallin at the end of the month and retains his status as WBC ‘interim’ champion.
But Ferdinand wants Fury to fight Joshua, who lost his world titles in a shock defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last month, at Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
Prior to his bout with Wilder, Fury admitted he wants to defend his world heavyweight title at the Theatre of Dreams.
‘Tyson Fury by the way, wow! What a fight,’ Ferdinand said on the FIVE YouTube channel.
‘Forget if you think [Wilder’s] a good or a bad fighter, whatever, there’s no way you can say Fury’s not a great fighter.
‘That fight for me goes down as one of the best ever. It was unreal. He gets knocked down, gets up, knocks him out.
‘Fury is one of the greatest athletes of our generation. He’s an inspirational guy.
‘I want Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua at Old Trafford. Tyson, get it done! Please get that fight at Old Trafford.’
Ferdinand also criticised Wilder for failing to show ‘dignity’ following his knockout defeat to Fury.
Fury tried to talk to Wilder in his corner and shake his hand moments after the fight, but the American snubbed his offer and was later called an ‘idiot’ and a ‘sore loser’ by the British champion.
Source : metro