Anthony Joshua is far from fazed by Tyson Fury’s attack on him on Saturday night, saying it was ‘good to hear’ the Gypsy King talking up a fight between the pair.
Joshua knocked out Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night at Wembley Arena, defending his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles and seemingly setting up a huge unification bout with Fury next year.
It was put to AJ that his next fight would be against Fury, who holds the WBC title, and he was open to it without outright calling for the all-British bout.
‘I’m up for anything. Who wants to see Anthony Joshua box Tyson Fury in 2021? I started this game in 2013 and I’ve been chasing the belts ever since,’ Joshua said on Sky Sports.
‘Whoever has got the belt, I would love to compete with them. If that is Tyson Fury then let it be Tyson Fury.’
The Gypsy King responded with a video on social media accusing Joshua of running scared and promising to stop him within three rounds when they finally fight.
‘Well there you go everyone, Anthony Joshua just s**t himself live on television he got asked did he want the fight and he went around the bushes and put his arse in the edge,’ said Fury.
‘I want the fight, I want the fight next and I’ll knock him out inside three rounds. He’s a big bum dosser and I can’t wait to knock him out.’
Joshua insists that he does also want the fight and it is a contest that he has been preparing for for years, going all the way back to watching Fury fight John McDermott for the English title in 2010.
He is also relishing the opportunity to prove the bookmakers wrong, who have installed Fury as the favourite for the proposed bout.
‘Has he? What did he say?’ Joshua asked of Fury’s message. ‘That’s good to hear. At least I can get him in the ring. That’s all we want, right? He’s on the right track.
‘Tyson Fury is talented and he’ll bring out the best in me. So that’s brilliant.
‘I really feel like his confidence, the bookmakers, me studying him – I’ve been to Tyson Fury’s fights when he fought John McDermott when I was still an amateur.
‘I went to his fight against [Dereck] Chisora. I’ve studied him I’ve watched him – so when I fight him, it’ll be good to change those odds and put them in my favour.’ Both fighters’ promoters have made it clear that they intend to make the bout next.