Joshua’s ninth-round knockout of Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night appeared to clear the path for a unification match between the two Brits next summer. But Fury says he is still uncertain about whether AJ and his team actually want the fight.
‘The Gypsy King’ appeared on ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain on Monday, just 24 hours after saying Joshua had “s*** himself on live TV” when asked if he wanted to fight Fury.
The WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight king gave a simple message to Joshua, saying: “Grow a pair, sign the contract big boy”.
Fury said he was impressed by what he saw on Saturday night, right up until the moment Joshua was asked about a potential Fury fight.
Joshua avoided the question – Fury
“I watched the fight, I was very impressed with what he did. And then it came to the end of the fight where they did the interview.
“The public wanted to hear that he wanted to fight me, and he avoided the question. Which was a bit disappointing to be honest because it’s been such a long time building up over thee years and he avoided the question like he didn’t want the fight.
“So I had to get straight on social media to make everyone know that I’m willing to take the fight, ready to take the fight.”
Fury and Joshua have agreed in principle the financial structure of a two-fight deal. Some media outlets are reporting it could rake in as much as £500million.
“That doesn’t sound too bad, but then again I don’t believe everything I see in the paper,” said Fury.
“Let’s hope this fight happens. I’m willing to take the fight but I don’t know if they are. I’ve been willing to take the fight for the last five years. It’s not happened so far but I’m very optimistic it will happen in 2021.”
Fury vows to finish Joshua early
Fury re-iterated his view that a meeting with Joshua would result in an early night. He believes he would dispose of the Watford man in double-quick time.
“I’m not just saying it because he’s going to be a rival of mine, one of my opponents. But I’ve always said for a long time that I do believe Anthony Joshua is tailor-made for somebody with my style.
“I think it’s gonna be one of the most explosive, quickest fights you’re gonna see. I’m aiming to take him out inside four rounds. I said that about Deontay Wilder, not many people listened. I’ll say it again about Anthony Joshua.
“He’s standing in my way of total supremacy of my era, he’s the only one left that I haven’t beaten. Immortality awaits – I’m one win away from it.”