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Anthony Joshua responds after Tyson Fury claims Joseph Parker will beat him

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This week, GiveMeSport spoke exclusively to heavyweight star Anthony Joshua to get his thoughts on the state of the division, his upcoming fight against Joseph Parker, his feud with Tyson Fury and plenty more...

By now, you know Joshua and Parker are set for a world heavyweight unification fight at the principality Stadium, Cardiff on March 31.

After months of negotiations, AJ finally agreed to put his WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO titles up for grabs while Parker will put his WBO strap on the line.

The winner of this bout will put themselves in a prime position to face WBC champion Deontay Wilder in a historic fight to unify the division.

However, no matter what's going on in the heavyweight division, Fury always seems to be lurking in the background.

The Gypsy King is currently training for his comeback to the sport over two years after he became a unified heavyweight champion of the world - and he's still unbeaten.

However, he doesn't think AJ will still be unbeaten by the time he returns to the ring.

"If I'm honest I fancy Parker, and that's being gospel," Fury said on the Pound for Pound podcast before the confirmation of the fight.

"He's young and ambitious, he's got fast hands, he hits hard and he fights excellent against opponents who stand still and don't move.

"Another thing is I've never met a Maori that ain't tough - they're all tough as feet."

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So, how does Joshua respond to that claim? GiveMeSport spoke exclusively to the Watford-born fighter before he led a personal training session for the public in Stratford.

"Just go back to every fight I've had and he's said that," Joshua responded.

"I don't take what he says too serious. And his comeback? I don't think he's even got a licence yet. That's what I'm saying, we don't even really know what the situation is."

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker - Press Conference

When asked if he thought Fury would ever actually get back in the ring, Joshua said: "That's what I'm saying about boxing: there's a lot of talk about what people want to do and there's a difference to what they're really doing. So that's what I've found with a lot of people in the sport.

"That's why I just focus on what I'm doing, that's the most important. Do you know what I mean? I can't really talk on others, I don't know what they've got going on for themselves!"

One day, that's going to be a huge money fight.

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