Fury will cheer on Anthony Joshua from Las Vegas to keep super fight alive

Tyson Fury will be tuning into Anthony Joshua's clash with Oleksandr Usyk hoping a £200m super fight doesn't get blown up in smoke by the Ukrainian.

The Gypsy King may be watching from behind in the sofa at the mansion he is currently staying at in Las Vegas though as he predicts a tough night for his British rival.

Joshua, 31, defends his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight crowns against super southpaw Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

While Fury is currently out in the US preparing for his date with Deontay Wilder next month.

'AJ' looked set to face Fury in August until the WBC champion was forced into a third clash with Wilder by a US arbitrator.

Now both are hoping they can win their next fights to set up the undisputed clash for early next year with both teams still keen to get the bout on.

“I watch all the boxing fights, every single one that happens I watch so of course I'm going to watch a heavyweight championship fight for sure,” said Fury, who fights Wilder on October 9 on BT Sport Box Office.

“Do I want him to win? Definitely.

“Because it doesn't make much sense in me beating Usyk up.

“I'd much prefer to beat Joshua up, it's a bigger fight and people want to see it more.”

But Fury is not sure of the outcome when Joshua and Usyk meet this weekend.

Nor should he be. This is a finely balanced bout which could go either way.

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Whoever wins will mark this down as their best career victory to date.

If it's Joshua then it puts him back into the debate with Fury over who is the king of the division.

But it could easily be the visiting fighter.

Usyk, 34, is the betting outsider but he is the former undisputed cruiserweight king, an Olympic gold medallist and unbeaten as a professional.

He won all four belts at the lower weight division fighting in his opponent's back yard. He doesn't do away day blues.

The Ukrainian will give away three inches in height and considerable weight to the much bigger Joshua.

That, for some, means Joshua should win this weekend but it is without doubt the toughest fight of the British favourite's career on paper.

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And Fury agrees as he dismissed fears that Usyk will be too small for his rival by citing some other heavyweights who ruled the division who were a similar size.

The WBC champion added: “He's got a tough fight, you know? Usyk is no mug.

“People say to me, 'He's too small' and this and that but the guy is bigger than Muhammad Ali, he's bigger than Mike Tyson and he's bigger than Evander Holyfield.

“All them guys, big, same size and the same weight. He's definitely a good fighter. If he [Usyk] does [win] then he will cost us a few quid.

“Then again we have lost plenty of money in the past so it doesn't really matter, does it? There's plenty to go around.”

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