Tyson Fury promoter Frank Warren tells Anthony Joshua to skip Oleksandr Usyk rematch or fight like Deontay Wilder to get belts back

Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has urged Anthony Joshua to learn to fight like Deontay Wilder or forget the Oleksandr Usyk rematch completely.

The Brit was comprehensively beaten by Usyk last month at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and relinquished his WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles.

Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Warren touched down on English soil this week after an incredible week in Las Vegas where he watched Fury once again stop Wilder in emphatic fashion to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

The ‘Gypsy King’ climbed off the canvas to stop Wilder in the 11th round of an enthralling fight, which Warren himself described as the ‘best heavyweight fight’ he had ever watched live.

A large degree of credit has to go the ‘Bronze Bomber’ for playing such a pivotal role in this scintillating trilogy of fights, particularly in the last stanza where he displayed tremendous heart.

Perhaps realising his technical deficiencies, the 35-year-old instead tried to blast Fury out of the ring with his trademark right hand and almost had his man out of there with a shot which sent ripples through Fury’s body.

Wilder hit Fury with a shot which would have toppled any other heavyweight

Warren believes Joshua could follow a similar route for his proposed rematch with Usyk scheduled for 2022, although the legendary promoter instead suggested ‘AJ’ should consider skipping the sequel altogether.

The promoter would then be able to set up a heavyweight unification fight between Fury and Usyk.

“Well first of all, Joshua and Uysk have exercised the rematch clause,” he told White and Jordan.

“Usyk is out of the picture [for Fury], so the only way you can get the fight is if Joshua steps aside.

“All the belts would be on the line they’ve got similar styles. He’s got speed, a great jab.

The ‘Gypsy King’ would have a significant height and weight advantage against Usyk

“The difference is, Tyson is 6”9 and comes to fight. I fancy the fight big time.

“If I was Joshua, I wouldn’t have the rematch, I would go away, think about what to do and step aside.

“I heard that Anatoly Lomachenko, who is a great coach by the way, told Usyk not to finish him and just box him.

“If it is true that he tried to not knock him out, that’s worrying for AJ because he was gone and someone was about to throw the towel in.

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“Had the fight gone another 20 seconds, it would have been stopped.

“He has got to do what Deontay Wilder did; throw caution to the wind and have a bang up.”