Anthony Joshua welcomes Tyson Fury’s claim he can knock him out ‘inside three rounds’ and believes fight with the Gypsy King will bring out the ‘best’ in him as Eddie Hearn states he is ‘finalising’ bout TODAY
- Tyson Fury mocked Anthony Joshua after watching him defeat Kubrat Pulev
- Fury took to Twitter to insist that he would knock Joshua out in three rounds
- AJ has welcomed the claims and said it’s good as it means he is in for a fight
- Joshua believes that a fight with the Gypsy King will bring out the ‘best’ in him
Joshua – who knocked out his mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round on Saturday night – has welcomed the fight with Fury.
AJ believes a showdown with the Gypsy King will bring out the ‘best’ in him and claims he ‘wants’ the two potential mega-fights with his fellow British heavyweight champion to happen next year.
Anthony Joshua has said he believes a fight against Tyson Fury will bring out the best in him
Fury laid into Joshua for refusing to declare his interest in their bout after his victory against Pulev on Saturday.
The Gypsy King said: ‘Anthony Joshua just s*** himself live on television.
‘He got asked did he want the fight, and he went round the bushes and put his a*** on the edge. I want the fight – I want the fight next.
‘I’ll knock him out inside three rounds. He’s a big bum dosser – can’t wait to knock him out.’
While fury believe he can beat the unified champion of the world ‘inside three rounds’
After AJ knocked out Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night, a bout with Fury could be next
In response to Fury’s comments, Joshua told BBC Radio 5 Live Boxing in his changing room: ‘That’s good to hear. At least I can get him in the ring.’
‘That’s what we want right, so he’s on the right track,’ Joshua told BBC Radio 5 Live Boxing in his changing room.
The pair are set for what could be the most lucrative bout in boxing history in 2021 after Fury’s trilogy battle against former victim Deontay Wilder was abandoned.
Both British heavyweights have agreed in principle to fight twice next year, and Joshua’s meeting with Pulev was the most obvious non-contractual hurdle that needed to be overcome to ensure they will go ahead.
Following Joshua’s triumph on Saturday night, promoter Eddie Hearn has said ‘work would start on Sunday to finalise a bout with Fury.’
The British heavyweights hold all four belts and their plan to fight has now edged even closer
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said ‘work will start on Sunday to finalise a bout with Fury’
While Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum has stated that he will work toward finalising the ‘biggest fight since Muhammad Ali v Joe Frazier in 1971’ on Monday.
As it stands, Fury is the odds-on favourite to beat Joshua if they go head-to-head next – in a fight that would see all four heavyweight titles contested for the first time.
Speaking of the odds, Joshua said: ‘It’s good. I said he’s talented and he will bring out the best in me. So that’s brilliant.
‘I’ve been to his fights, I’ve watched him, so when I fight him it will be good to change those odds and put them in my favour.’