Anthony Joshua has said that Tyson Fury should retire from boxing soon, but then, not too soon before they both have their duel. The Brit heavyweight star has risked ridicule by claiming the Gypsy King wouldn’t be the best win on his record.
But Joshua who currently holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles is keen on a clash next year with the Fury who holds the WBC title. The multiple title holder also indicates his willingness to settle his feud with Deontay Wilder.
Fury who is now 32 years old has been a boxing pro since 2008 after he boxed all the way through his teenage years as an amateur.
While Joshua, 30, didn’t pick up a pair of gloves until he was 18 and only turned about 7 years ago pro in 2013 after he won Olympic gold at London 2012.
“Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon,” Joshua told Sky Sports in an interview. “If he wants to cement his legacy, I’m here and ready.”
“I’ve built myself into this position. “I came up quick. That shows I’m ready. These boys turned professional in 2008 and it took Fury seven years to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.”
“He’s on a completely different journey. I want to steam through.”
Fury first clinched the world champion title when he dethroned Vladimir Klitschko of Russia in 2015 to become pole bearer of the division by claiming the WBA, IBF and WBO crowns.
The belts got split up later on in subsequent years when Fury was initially stripped of the IBF title before he gave up the other two amid his battle with depression and a UK Anti-doping case.
Anthony Joshua became the IBF champion in 2016 and then went on to unify the WBA and WBO titles.
“I haven’t got fear of Fury – whether he’s got a better chin than me, a better jab than me, whether he’s all of this stuff that people say,” he said.
“So be it. Let me go in there and prove myself. Show you who I am and what I can do.”
“I’ve fought five champions and been in two unification fights. I’m a two-time heavyweight champion in the space of 24 fights and a [seven-year] career. It shows you I am serious.”
“If Fury is serious, I’ll take that fight seriously too.”
Joshua got his first title win against Charles Martin, after which he went on to secure a stunning win over Klitschko.
He followed these wins up with victories over Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin while he avenged his only professional defeat by Andy Ruiz Jnr last year.
“I’ll challenge Fury, I’ll challenge Wilder,” said Joshua, who has agreed to a two-fight deal with Fury next year.
“These guys aren’t the biggest names that I’ve fought on my record anyway. They are just another heavyweight.”
“Look at my record. They are not the best fighters that I have challenged. “When they are ready, I’m here to fight.”
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