Andre Ward believes Tyson Fury has made a mistake announcing his fights with Anthony Joshua because it will stoke the flames with Deontay Wilder before their third fight.
‘The Gypsy King’ told his followers on social media last week he had agreed terms on a two-fight deal with Joshua after promoter Eddie Hearn announced a deal had been ‘agreed in principal’.
Andre Ward believes Tyson Fury has made a mistake by announcing his fights with Anthony Joshua
Amidst the furore of crowning an undisputed world heavyweight champion and with Frank Warren telling talkSPORT it would be bigger than the 1966 World Cup Final, some of the finer details were overlooked.
Joshua still has his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev to face and former WBC champion Wilder invoked his rematch clause after his chastening defeat to Fury in February.
And Ward, who became a super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion during his illustrious career, believes Fury has made a critical error.
“I was one of the ones that were clamouring for an undisputed champion, but I just don’t like the path Tyson Fury is taking,” Ward told Fighthype.
Fury outboxed Wilder in February and stopped him within seven rounds
“I’m not a fan of giving an opponent, and that opponent right now is Deontay Wilder bulletin board material. This is a man Deontay Wilder, who took his first loss, a humiliating loss, and he’s dealing with his own pride being bruised.
“He’s a competitor. If you’re Team Fury, you have to know and leave room for Deontay Wilder showing up at the rematch at the best version of himself.
“I don’t like the added motivation because even if Fury isn’t overlooking him, that’s how Team Wilder is going to interpret this.”
Ward was joined at the Top Rank show by former two-weight world champion Timothy Bradley, who concurred with ‘Son of God’ and insisted the trilogy fight was not a foregone conclusion.
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Frank Warren on Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua being agreed
“I’m in consensus with Andre Ward with this one,” said Bradley in his disapproval of Fury announcing his fight with Joshua. “I don’t like it either, and I believe you’ve got to focus on one fight at a time, and that’s it.
‘You can never count your eggs before they actually hatch. Both of these guys [Fury and Wilder] are obligated to fight the fight already.
“You’ve got Fury needs to fight Wilder, and as Andre said, it’s going to be a tough task for him.”