Tyson Fury is trying his best to antagonise Anthony Joshua, the boxer who was crowned the new heavyweight champion of the world following his victory over Charles Martin at the O2 Arena earlier this month.
Before the Joshua-Martin fight, Fury slammed the British fighter’s boxing style, and now he’s taken the verbal jousting to social media.
Fury, who defeated Wladimir Klitschko in a famous bout last November, sent a rather graphic photo of a lion eating its prey alongside a warning message. (Scroll down this page to see the tweet).
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Fury tweeted: “@anthonyfjoshua this is how you will look after we fight,b*tch!!!”
Joshua didn’t reply directly to Fury, although he did tweet a photo of himself in the ring followed by the hashtags “June25th” and “LionsEatFirst”.
Joshua to fight on June 25
It was initially reported that Joshua would be fighting on July 9, the same night Fury goes head-to-head with Klitschko in the rematch in Manchester.
However, it was confirmed on Thursday that Joshua’s next fight will take place at the O2 Arena on June 25.
"After speaking to my coach I wanted the closest fight possible because I'm feeling good,” Joshua posted on social media. "I can't wait to get back in training camp and pick up where we left off. The date to put in your diary is June 25, back at The O2 for my first title defence with a jam-packed undercard.
"I can't wait to be back and I'm looking forward to performing for you once again. Take care and see you guys soon."
According to Sky Sports, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has earmarked three US-based fighters as potential opponents for the heavyweight champion: Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1-KO21), Eric Molina (25-3-KO19) and Dominic Breazeale (17-0-KO15).
But at this stage it remains unclear which of the trio he will face in his 17th professional fight.
Fury convinced he would beat Joshua
If Joshua comes through that test unscathed, and Fury defeats Klitschko for the second time, there’s a chance a fight between the two Brits could be arranged soon after.
However, Fury is convinced he’ll be too strong for the 26-year-old.
“Joshua needs a miracle. I genuinely hope he gets it,” Fury said before Joshua beat Martin. “Because then he and I can both make a lot of money by boxing each other in a massive championship unification fight at Wembley Stadium. And that would be an easy fight for me.
“He really is useless.”
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