Anthony Joshua has hit back at Tyson Fury after ‘The Gypsy King’ said he would batter the Londoner when they finally meet.
Earlier this week Fury said the pair are likely to meet twice in 2021, claiming: “We’ve got the Wilder rematch at some point and then we’ve got the two AJ fights. Well one and then obviously when I batter him he’ll want a rematch.”
Joshua took to Instagram Live to respond to those comments, hitting back with a nice counter-punch of his own – saying a clash with Fury wouldn’t even be the biggest of his career and that the man from Manchester is “just another fighter”.
“You know what? There will be even bigger fights in my career because I’m not going anywhere. I’m here to make history,” he said.
“I’m hungry, I’m fired up, Fury’s just another opponent at the end of the day. It’s going to be big for everyone else but I’ve got to keep myself together and I look at Fury like he’s just another fighter.”
While Joshua might not have the greatest things to say about Fury, he does admit the pair meeting would be an incredible event – probably the biggest fight in British boxing history.
“Yeah in terms of the spectacle, the trash talk, two juggernauts coming together, I can’t wait. I’ve tasted what being on top of that mountain tastes like, I’ve tasted what being knocked off tastes like and I’ve climbed back up. Whoever steps in front of me now will know I’m not looking to go back down.
“When I’m fighting Pulev or when the opportunity to fight Fury for the WBC for the they’re going to see what it’s like for a man to lose it all and won it back, a man that’s experienced those turbulences doesn’t want to go through that again.”
Joshua’s next assignment is due to be that mandatory title defence against 39-year-old Kubrat Pulev and the two camps are currently trying to find a venue which could stage the fight with a live gate in the near future.
Meanwhile Eddie Hearn has confirmed AJ will definitely only fight once more this year – against Pulev – and that a double-header against Fury is likely for 2021.