Tyson Fury breaks silence on Anthony Joshua defeat with "still the best" taunt

Tyson Fury has broken his social media blackout to taunt Anthony Joshua after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua was outpointed by Usyk last night in London, with all three judges awarding the fight to the Ukrainian by scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.

Usyk became a two-division champion with the win, claiming Joshua's titles in just his third heavyweight fight after moving up from cruiserweight in 2019.

The loss dented Joshua's hopes of a fight against domestic rival Fury, with the pair's scheduled August fight being cancelled after an arbitration judge ruled in favour of Deontay Wilder's trilogy against Fury.

And Fury – who fights Wilder on October 9 – retweeted a picture from his management company MTK Global that mocked Joshua after his loss.

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The tweet accompanied picture of Fury with his belts and read: "And STILL the best heavyweight on the planet."

Fury predicted Joshua would walk "straight through" Usyk before the fight, stating the Ukrainian didn't have the power to knock out cruiserweights let alone heavyweights.

'The Gypsy King' also wanted Joshua to win so their highly anticipated fight could still go ahead.

He told ' Seconds Out ': "Do I want him to win? Definitely. Because me beating up Usyk doesn't make as much sense or as much money as me beating up Joshua in the big fights everyone wants to see."

Joshua intends to activate a rematch clause for a second fight against Usyk, but he still wants a fight with Fury in the future even if the heavyweight titles aren't on the line.

He said after his loss: "The road to undisputed and all that stuff, it's good. As I said, I'll fight Tyson Fury, Wilder, without the belts.

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"The belts are fun. It's great, it's legacy. But with or without the belts, I'll fight whoever. The road to undisputed is a nice title to have and a nice title to chase.

"But would you still watch it, without the belts? That's the main thing – is you've got two competitive fighters in the ring from UK soil, that just want to go toe-to-toe."

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn – who Joshua signed a career-long deal with earlier this week – is targeting a rematch between Joshua and Usyk for February or March of next year.

He is confident Joshua can make the necessary adjustments to avenge his loss in a rematch, stating: "We will have enough time, the fighter in AJ says he will win the rematch but I had it close before Usyk ran away with it at the end.

"But he has to make changes and impose his style to win the rematch, or he will lose again."

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