Anthony Joshua is out to STEAMROLL Tyson Fury when the pair finally meet in what would be the biggest fight in British boxing history.
The two world heavyweight champions have already agreed in principle the financial structure for a two-fight deal, and it is hoped the first of those showdowns will take place in the summer of 2021.
First of course, Joshua must dispose of IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on Saturday December 12, while Fury meets Deontay Wilder (likely in Las Vegas) a week later on December 19.
AJ, who demolished pretty much everybody in his path to becoming IBF, WBA and WBO world champion, employed more circumspect tactics to outpoint Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in Saudi Arabia last December.
His promoter Eddie Hearn though says the Watford man still loves knocking people out and is ready to become destroyer again in his bid to claim the undisputed world heavyweight title.
He told Sky Sports: “I actually messaged him and I said: ‘You’re going to steamroll through these guys’. He just replied in capitals and said: STEAMROLL!'”
Hearn added: “He knows that Fury is an outstanding fighter and it’s going to be very difficult. But you can ask him for yourself, I believe he has bad intentions in those fights and I believe he expects to. I believe he will knock out Kubrat Pulev and Tyson Fury.”
Joshua has looked fearsome recently in training clips released on social media, and Hearn believes his stable star is “definitely punching harder than ever before”.
Beauty in violence 🔞 pic.twitter.com/N7wSVkFqr0
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) September 22, 2020
“I think he’s ready to start doing a demolition job on these guys,” said Hearn.
“I think he’s shown, coming back from the Ruiz Jr fight, that he has the ability to box and move. That’s in the arsenal now. But he still loves knocking people out – and when you see the drills, when you see the pads and you see that spite in his shots.
“That’s something not just what they are working on, that’s something that’s coming from inside of him.”
As well as the mandatory defence against Pulev, it is possible Joshua may also have to face WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk before he can get to Fury. Usyk is due to meet British veteran Dereck Chisora on Saturday October 31.