Fresh off his heavyweight fight of the decade contender with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium, Anthony Joshua now seems to have his sights firmly set on a battle of Britain bout with his controversial nemesis Tyson Fury.
Fury hasn’t fought since winning the lineal heavyweight titles from Klitschko in 2015’s upset of the year, but announced in March that he was ready to make a comeback to the squared circle.
The ‘Gypsy King’ shocked the world when he became the first man to defeat Klitschko in little over a decade in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles.
However, the 28-year old relinquished his titles last October following issues with both boxing’s anti-doping body and his mental health.
The reigning IBF champion and new WBA champion Joshua proved any of his doubters wrong in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley on Saturday night, showing amazing heart to finish Klitschko in the 11th round despite being brutally knocked down himself in the sixth before calling out Fury in his post-fight speech.
Joshua had been exchanging jabs with the notorious trash talker Fury prior to Saturday’s epic contest and now it looks as though a fight between the undefeated Brits is what both men want.
Both fighters come from opposite sides of the spectrum. Whilst Fury is a brash, polarising figure within the boxing world, Joshua is as humble as they come and the current poster boy for British boxing.
Speaking about a potential fight with Fury, Joshua said: “It’d be nice to fight a real villain. That is a fight that would get some attention.
“I’m not sure I’ll have another fight like Klitschko. I don’t think it would be 50-50 against any other current heavyweight.
“But me and Klitschko didn’t trash-talk. It can be bigger in that sense with a different opponent.
“We can definitely bring a bigger audience and more entertainment.”
Despite both men seemingly keen for the bout to happen, Fury is still without a boxing licence after having it revoked following his battle with both substance and mental health problems.
However, that didn’t stop Fury from taking another jibe at Joshua yesterday from his training camp in Marbella, claiming that he could beat Joshua with “one arm tied” behind his back even with his long lay off.
“Styles do make fights but I am sure I can beat AJ with one arm tied behind my back.” Fury claimed.
“I don’t even need a warm-up. I have been out of the ring as long as Klitschko but the difference is I am not 41, I am 28.
“I am still No 1 in the world — and everybody knows that.
“AJ did really well to come back but he is just a pumped-up weightlifter.”
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