Tyson Fury’s US co-promoter Bob Arum has said he’s not convinced by Anthony Joshua.
Rival heavyweight champions were supposed to meet this summer, only for the fight to collapse late in negotiations.
An arbitration ruling forced Fury into a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder on October 9, while AJ must now defend against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.
After that, it is hoped that the couple will finally meet in the ring in February 2022.
When asked what danger Joshua would pose to Fury, Arum told Gareth A Davies, “I’m not thrilled with Joshua, I don’t think much of Joshua.
“Because every time Joshua’s name is mentioned, I see him lying on the canvas after being hit by a non-puncher like Andy Ruiz.
“I tell you the truth.
“I might underestimate Joshua, but I’m not convinced Joshua is an elite heavyweight.”
Arum also didn’t hold back his thoughts on how AJ is viewed in America.
He continued, “It’s not a disrespect for him, Anthony Joshua means next to nothing in the United States with the boxing community.
“All they remember about Anthony Joshua is his one fight in the United States where he was knocked out by a non-puncher like Andy Ruiz.
“This vision of Anthony Joshua will not change easily.
“So if Anthony Joshua were to fight Tyson Fury in the United States, it wouldn’t do as well as Tyson Fury’s next fight with Deontay Wilder.
“He is not a personality, he does not intervene with the American public.
“The way he connects with the British public may very well be different, but he doesn’t connect with the American public.
“They don’t know who he is or what he represents. They have nothing on him.