Anthony Joshua has revealed he won’t wait around for Tyson Fury if the Gypsy King stalls on making the mouthwatering super-fight happen next. The British heavyweight stars have agreed initial financial terms on a two-fight deal for 2021 as they prepare to put all the belts on the line.
AJ returns to action on December 12 when he defends his WBA, WBO and IBF straps against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
The two-time world champion will have to successfully navigate the potential banana skin before he can even consider ironing out final details on a fight with Fury.
However, the prospect of becoming the undisputed king of boxing’s top division has already got Joshua planning ahead.
He believes his next fight will be against WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk with Fury set to take on Deontay Wilder or Agit Kabayel in early 2021.
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“When I look at Fury, great talent, but I don’t know whether he’s coming or going,” Joshua told ESPN.
“I don’t know if he’s going to fight Wilder, or if he’s not going to fight Wilder, if he’s going to fight Kabayel, or if he’s not going to fight Kabayel. He announced he was going to fight me, then the deal didn’t get signed and we’re not fighting.
“Then you have got Usyk and he seems to be just straight. You hear he is fighting Derek Chisora and he fights him; you hear he is fighting [Chazz] Witherspoon and he fights him. I go off people who are serious.
“If Fury is serious and keen then the fight will happen. Honestly, I’m keen to test myself. He’s supposed to have the real boxing IQ, so it’s going to be a really good challenge. I’m keen to compete with him, no problem.
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“But whether he’s ready, that’s a whole other story because of the issues he faces during his career.
“I don’t know what will happen in 2021 but if I was to bet all my money on it I would say Usyk because he is with Matchroom, straightforward fight, and his track record shows when he says he is going to fight someone, he does.”
Fury was set to make his return to the ring this weekend at the Royal Albert Hall.
However, Frank Warren was unable to complete negotiations in time after several setbacks with potential opponents.
Ideally, the Gypsy King would like another warm-up fight – likely to be against the German, Kabayel – before heading into the undisputed clash with Joshua.
The mind games between the two world champions are already well underway despite clear mutual respect.
Earlier this week, Fury claimed that Joshua would be his easiest ever opponent.
“The easiest opponent I think would be Anthony Joshua just because he’s tailor-made for me,” Fury told Wow Hydrate.
“If ever I could build a perfect opponent I’d be building him.”
Despite Joshua’s verdict, the general feeling is that there’s a willingness from all parties to deliver this fight at least once in 2021.
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