Anthony Joshua admits that Tyson Fury is adding "fuel to the fire" on social media, as speculation over a heavyweight bout between the two fighters next year continues to persist.
Fury has not been in the ring since defeating Wladimir Klitschko back in November 2015 following on from a personal drugs battle which saw him lose his boxing licence.
However, after two years away, the Wythenshawe fighter has been given the green light to resume his career, and he is now eyeing a heavyweight scrap with Watford-born Joshua.
The 29-year-old has made no secret of his desire to face Joshua as he looks to reclaim his belts and his position at the top of the heavyweight division.
Joshua currently owns the WBA , IBO, and IBF heavyweight belts after beating Carlos Takam in Cardiff back in late October, with a match up between him and Fury rarely off the agenda, with both fighters having traded verbal blows to one another on social media in recent weeks and months.
And, Joshua, who has won all 20 of his professional fights, feels it will be down to Fury to regain his fitness should a fight be possible.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua isn't ruling the fight out completely, and he feels Fury's comments are adding fuel to the fire.
Joshua said: "The ball is in his court, and he must get fit first.
"It’s just really replying to the 1,000 messages he [Fury] says about me every other week so - it’s just like fuel to the fire.
“But I don’t say much, I’m just quite blunt and to the point, I don’t really send paragraphs I just get to the point.
“It is a fight I'd like to see but as I said the ball is in his court. He has to get fit. I stay consistent, I can't do much more than carry on doing what I'm doing,"