Boxer Ty Mitchell has tweeted a timely reminder to Anthony Joshua in the wake of an interview with ESPN’s First Take last week.
Following his 11th round TKO of Wladimir Klitschko last April, Joshua wasted no time in calling out Tyson Fury.
And in Mitchell’s tweeted clip from the post-fight speech, Joshua asks: “Tyson Fury. Where you at baby? Ha ha!”
It then switches to Q&A with a confused looking Max Kellerman, with Joshua confirming that: “I’m not interested in Tyson Fury.”
In the interview, Joshua revealed that he’s more interested in unifying the heavyweight division by fighting Deontay Wilder first.
But heavyweight boxing is certainly complicated right now in light of Fury and Wilder’s draw, which will undoubtedly lead to a rematch; already ordered by the WBC.
This leaves IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua out in the cold and first looking at whoever wins the Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora bout in ‘The Brawl to Settle it All” at the O2 on the 22nd.
Eddie Hearn – Joshua’s promoter – has made it clear that they’d welcome a unification fight, should Wilder be open.
Regarding Fury, Joshua went on to tell Kellerman: “He’s not the champion. I’m willing to fight Deontay Wilder on 13 April in London. I don’t know what more I need to do to get that message across. He’s more interested in fighting Tyson Fury. Fury holds no world titles.
“I’ve booked the date in advance, booked the venue in advance. I want to make my point clear in front of everyone – I’m willing to fight any one of these guys, especially champion Deontay Wilder.
“I’m the one leading the pack since I made my debut. Five years in, several title defences and I’m running the game. I mean business. I don’t know what more I need to do to get that message across to the world. I can handle my business and I’m willing to do that in the ring.”
However, Joshua’s ruled nothing out and, hedging his bets, has indicated he’ll fight the Gypsy King if that’s what everyone wants.
Undefeated Fury is considered the lineal heavyweight world champion since his win over then WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Klitschko in November 2015.
Joshua said: “When I was joining the heavyweight ranks, nobody told me about lineal champion.
“I knew about the WBC, IBO, IBF, WBA, and WBO and I’ve got my hands on four of them. So where has lineal popped up out of the woodwork from?
“But if I’ve got to get my hands on hat too and that’s the belt the world’s interested in, Fury can step in if he’s serious. That’s where I’m coming from, I want to fight the champions.”
The coming weeks are key to the heavyweight division, and how this will unfold over 2019 where negotiations will conclude in only two of the three top heavyweights clashing, and the other being left behind.
Given such a scenario, promoters Hearn and Frank Warren are both trying to agree a spring 2019 bout with Wilder’s camp.