‘The only way Tyson Fury could fill 90,000 seats at Wembley is by fighting ME’: Anthony Joshua takes a jab at Gypsy King’s popularity ahead of anticipated heavyweight showdown next year as he prepares to defend his titles against Kubrat Pulev
- Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are expected to meet in the ring next year
- Wembley Stadium, which holds 90,000 spectators, would be obvious venue
- Joshua has taken a jab at Fury by saying Gypsy King doesn’t attract big crowds
- WBA, IBF and WBO champ Joshua has sold out national stadium in the past
- He is set to take on Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena later this month
- But Joshua is already allowing himself to think of the showdown with Fury
The eagerly-anticipated all-British world heavyweight title clash was given the blessing of the WBC this week and the trash talking between the two rivals has continued.
Joshua defends his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena on Saturday week but has designs on filling the much larger venue next door if the fight happens next year.
Anthony Joshua has taken a jab at Tyson Fury by saying the only way his heavyweight rival could fill 90,000 seats at Wembley Stadium is by fighting him
Joshua beat Alexander Povetkin in front of an enormous crowd at Wembley back in 2018
And Joshua believes he is the only man who can sell out the national stadium for a fight
‘Tyson Fury is a talented, talented guy and he deserves all the praise he is getting right now but it is interesting when you talk about his popularity,’ Joshua told The Sun.
‘Because if Fury could have sold out 90,000-capacity stadiums, then he would have done.
‘But he never has had the ability to attract those large numbers, not until he fights me. I have had those sort of crowds against Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.
‘I will fight Fury because in 50 years’ time, people will remember your character and I always want to be remembered as a risk-taker.’
WBC champ Fury (left) could face another fight against Deontay Wilder before facing Joshua
Fury has entered a mediation process with Deontay Wilder regarding their trilogy showdown
While Joshua faces a defence of his title against Pulev this month, WBC champion Fury has entered a mediation process over a disputed third fight with Deontay Wilder.
Fury’s homecoming bout against Agit Kabayel, scheduled for this month, was called off as a result.
But despite all the remaining obstacles, Joshua has already allowed himself to think forward to how he will defeat Fury.
He said: ‘Fury is intelligent and what you saw against Wilder was a gameplan for a specific fight being executed very well.
Joshua and Kubrat Pulev will meet this month after the Bulgarian pulled out of their 2017 bout because of an injury
‘He had identified Wilder’s weakness, that he cannot fight on the back foot, and he exploited that. Fury knows I can fight on the back foot or front foot.
‘He knows if he tries to take it to me the same way, then he will suffer because I can counter that with my jab, with right hands from distance.’