The war of words between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury is well underway.
Since Joshua overcame the stubborn challenge of Carlos Takam on October 28 with a stoppage victory in the tenth round, the 28-year-old has had the heavyweight division at his feet and it seems everyone wants their shot.
It was today confirmed by Eddie Hearn that AJ will exchange blows with Deontay Wilder in 2018 and Joseph Parker has also thrown his hat in the ring for a unification bout.
And while those title fights will likely come first for Joshua, the clash that everybody wants to see is with fellow unbeaten Brit Fury.
The 'Gypsy King' has been absent from the ring since he outsmarted and outboxed Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
However, with Joshua now holding three of the belts he procured in Dusseldorf, the race is on for Fury to whip himself back into shape and make his return to the ring.
The 29-year-old has already displayed the beginnings of his training routine, outlined his plans to Dereck Chisora in Monaco at the weekend and is talking up the big fight.
In fact, Fury has been firing shots in Joshua's direction for weeks now without reply and he didn't exactly go lightly with his choice of 140 characters.
AJ finally broke his silence today, though, in a flurry of tweets addressing all three of his potential opponents in 2018 and while Parker and Wilder certainly didn't get off lightly, Fury bore the brunt of it.
Joshua simply posted: "and @Tyson_Fury get fit you fat f**k."
Although simply typical fighting talk, considering the issues that have come with Fury's weight problems in the past, Joshua showed a new level of savagery.
It provoked a shocked reaction on Twitter with fans surprised by his break of the 'nice guy' character and Fury has now responded.
The reply may have been six hours in the making but the 'Gypsy King' rustled up something special - check it out below:
Trust Fury to hit back in typically outrageous and brutal fashion.
The 29-year-old seems to be bringing out a new side in Joshua and this post is likely to do nothing but wind up his compatriot further. It all adds an extra layer to a mega-fight that would already send the boxing world crazy.
"Good to see Eddie has let you off you leash," and what could be more exciting than an anger-fuelled Joshua taking on Fury?
Who do you think would win the British mega fight - Joshua or Fury? Have your say in the comments section below.
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