TYSON FURY is the new big cheese in heavyweight boxing while Anthony Joshua is getting milked for money.
That’s the opinion of Fury’s promoter Frank Warren, who believes the sensational draw with WBC king Deontay Wilder has put the Gypsy King back on top of the pile.
The shock decision, the Undertaker memes and post-fight sing-song have resurrected Fury’s career after three years without a competitive fight.
And Warren says the thrilling showdown in Los Angeles’ Staples Centre in the early hours of Sunday morning has left British golden goose AJ with egg on his face.
Warren said: “He’s not the most powerful man in the division anymore. I said all along that when the best fight the best, it decides the No 1.
“I know I am biased, but Tyson Fury is the No 1 now, for me and maybe Wilder is No 2 or is joint No 1 with him.
“But Joshua is in the slipstream now because these guys went in and did it at good ages. They did it at their peak.
”They were not fighting olds guys, it was not a passing-the-baton fight, Tyson is almost at his peak.
“Joshua’s promoter Barry Hearn is no schmuck, he is an accountant, he has gone on the record to say they have a business plan that is all about selling tickets and making a lot of money.
“They said ‘we can fight Mickey Mouse and still sell all these tickets, we don’t care if he never fights Deontay Wilder’ they are his words, he said them.
“As long as they can keep milking the cash cow that’s what they will do.”
Adding to the brilliant 12 rounds of boxing were two baffling scorecards that handed Wilder an 115-111 win and deemed it a 113-113 draw.
The hall-of-fame promoter claims Joshua’s April 13 Wembley fight will now be second rate in comparison to Fury’s masterclass and the drama around the result.
And he insists rumoured opponent Oleksandr Usyk does not even offer up much of a challenge to Joshua, who insisted he would sleep through the Fury vs Wilder war and catch-up on the highlights.
Warren said: “I am now hearing Joshua’s next opponent for April 13 is not going to be Dillian Whyte and will be Oleksandr Usyk, let them get on with it.
“This right here was the best heavyweight fight, ironically, since the Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitschko fight that was in the same Staples Center venue in 2013.
“I know why they want to fight Usyk, he is a smaller guy and not much of a puncher.
“This rematch is the fight boxing fans want to see. Tyson was robbed of a historical moment, he is the people’s champion, we will put it right.
“I want it in the UK, Tyson has been saying he wants it in Manchester but I reckon we would only get a draw there too.”
Wilder’s camp say he will travel to England for a rematch with Tyson Fury if a deal to fight Anthony Joshua cannot be struck.
Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas said: “Right now I prefer the rematch to Joshua. We offered Joshua £50m to fight because that was the figure he said he would agree to. Then we did it and he did not want to fight.
“He set the figure, it’s on video, then we produced it and he said he did not want to fight.
“Tyson made the fight very simple, he wanted to do it for his legacy, he was happy to come here and we got it done.”
“The heavyweight division is burning red hot right now.
"I would love to see the rematch, it would sell very well and I think everyone wants it to reach a definitive conclusion.
“We are OK to do it wherever. I don’t know what a crumpet is but I want to have one. I want to try fish and chips and a ‘spot of tea’.”
Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel claims the draw does not spell disaster for the plan to face AJ.
Finkel said: “I think we are stronger. I think Deontay is bigger now.
"It’s up to Joshua. If this is what makes Joshua face us and make a deal to make the fight then we will do it.”