Tyson Fury sends message to Anthony Joshua by wearing ‘Nigeria’ gum shield in Wilder win
Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder in seven rounds to claim the WBC world heavyweight title, but his victory in Las Vegas was laced with a secret message to Anthony Joshua, after pictures emerged of the Brit wearing a gum shield with the word ‘Nigeria’ written across the front, in the colours of the Nigerian flag.
Tyson Fury appeared to send Anthony Joshua a hidden message, calling out his fellow Brit with his gum shield. The new WBC world heavyweight champion was wearing a gum shield in the colours of the Nigerian flag during his stoppage win against Deontay Wilder on Sunday morning.
Anthony Joshua is proud of his Nigerian heritage, and is frequently seen donning both the British flag, and the Nigerian flag.
Joshua’s parents were both born in Nigeria, and they moved to the UK when they were 25.
The boxer was also born in Nigeria, and commonly visits his former homeland.
Fury’s decision to wear the gum shield, which also had the word ‘Nigeria’ written across the front of it, may be a subtle way of calling out Joshua.
His dominant, and meteoric, win over Wilder has led to speculation that both Fury and Joshua could launch a major unification bout.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, immediately called for the fight to take place.
While Wilder may still call for a rematch with Fury – which he’d be obligated to accept – Hearn admitted that there’s unlikely to be a better time for the two heavyweights to meet in the ring.