Chasing AJ: Tyson Fury says he has…for five years

British boxing fans are desperate for a huge world heavyweight title unification fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua – and ‘The Gypsy King’ says he’s already been chasing the bout for five years!

Fury and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has mooted the potential for the pair to meet in a blockbusting double-header in 2021, if Fury can first dispose of Deontay Wilder in their third fight and if Joshua can come safely through a mandatory defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.

While the speculation is now at fever pitch about the fight the whole of the UK wants to see, Fury says it’s not new for him and something he’s been chasing for a long time…

Fury on Joshua chase

He told Sky Sports: “Eddie Hearn talks a lot of hot air as usual. I’ve been offering to fight Joshua for quite a while. I’ve been trying to make that fight happen for the last five years. And it’s not happened at all.

“Eddie’s obviously Joshua’s promoter, so he’ll have to be speaking to my team to make the fight happen, give the fans what they want and stop running away from the biggest fight since Lennox (Lewis) fought Frank Bruno.”

Fury is acclaimed by most experts as the best all-round heavyweight in the word now on the back of that devastating destruction of Wilder in their Las Vegas rematch in February. And he has no doubts about the outcome if and when he does meet Joshua.

He added: “AJ’s tyle is tailor-made for mine. He’s an upright fighter walking forward with a classic defence. Strong and powerful. He’s got no footwork, hardly any resilience. And he’s a bit gutless when it comes down to getting clipped.

“I think I’d knock him out in round two, three rounds. First time I connect on him, his legs will do a dance and I’ll just jump on him like the little fat kid did in America that time (when Joshua lost his unbeaten record to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019).”