Tyson Fury appeared to taunt heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua by wearing a ‘Nigeria’ themed gumshield during his emphatic victory over Deontay Wilder on Saturday, February 23.
The Gypsy King gave a dominant and powerful display in Las Vegas; twice knocking Wilder to the canvas before the American’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.
Having claimed the WBC title, all eyes are now on a unification fight; between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua – who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles. It is note-worthy that Anthony Joshua rooted for Tyson Fury in the showdown with Deontay Wilder; and at the time, even offered to provide the Gypsy King some sparring sessions in preparation.
And Tyson Fury appeared to pre-empt that talk with eagle-eyed viewers spotting a reference to AJ’s Nigerian heritage, with Fury wearing a green and white mouth guard with ‘Nigeria’ written on it during his win over Wilder.
Joshua has a tattoo of Nigeria on his right shoulder and is incredibly proud of his roots, recently registering for a national ID card in the nation’s capital Abuja.
AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has already made it clear they want a unification fight this summer, while Fury’s camp would also prefer a unification bout next.
However, Wilder holds the key to any heavyweight Battle of Britain, with the American having a rematch clause that he can trigger at any time in the next 30 days.
Given the comprehensive nature of Fury’s victory, though, he may opt against a trilogy fight.
Fury is clearly keen to take on Joshua and unify the division; saying after his win over Wilder: “I’ve got another old fella across the pond who might want a little tickle.
“Then that is it then. It’s completed. Done.”