Anthony Joshua dismisses Tyson Fury's ridicule of heavyweight division

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Anthony Joshua has dismissed Tyson Fury's claims that the current heavyweight division "stinks" without him. 

The IBF Champion is set to take on Eric Molina next weekend in Manchester before facing Wladimir Klitschko in April, while David Haye is preparing for his fight with Tony Bellew in March. 

Fury, currently undergoing rehabilitation for drug use and depression, has had his say on the upcoming fights, and it's safe to say he isn't impressed.

On Twitter, the 28-year-old labeled the division "s*** ATM", adding: "So-called killers fighting bums who we don't know, & old men fighting for titles #jokers."

Joshua weighed in on the above comments and has stated that the former WBA Champion's views do not count since he is currently out of action. 

The 27-year-old commented: "Fury isn't contributing to the heavyweight division now so he can't really comment. I don't see anything wrong with the division. Boxing is thriving, everything is on track."

Speaking about Haye, Joshua said: "Haye's a good fighter. If I want to fight Haye, I'll fight Haye. Whether he beats Bellew or not, boxing is not just about who you beat, it's about if it makes sense and it it makes sense I'll fight him.

"After the Bellew fight he'll look at his situation and if he wants to come for me, no problem. But if I beat Molina it's Klitschko and when I hear David Haye talking it's like, 'You're not really relevant right now'.

"Everyone has their journey set out and I have mine, so I'm not really worried about him because if I beat Molina I've got Klitschko."

Despite Fury not specifically naming anyone in his tweet, the 'so-called killer' and the 'bum' labels are surely pointed towards Joshua and Molina respectively. 

However, Joshua believes that as the title holder, there are no easy fights. 

He added: "All fights are good. All fighters who come in are probably 10 per cent better than what we have seen from them because there's a chance they could become the champ.

"My training camp has gone well. I trained like I was fighting Klitschko and I've maintained that mindset right the way through.

"It has been tough but if it was easy everyone would be training and trying to be a champion, so it comes with the territory."

Joshua has teamed back up with trainer Rob McCracken, who was responsible for helping the Brit win the 2012 Olympic gold medal on home soil as the team's performance director. 

The IBF Champion concluded: "He has been a mentor for so many years. It helps a lot having people in your corner who you can trust."

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