Joshua To Fury: “To Prove You’re Number One, Come Fight Me!”

Anthony Joshua To Tyson Fury: “If You Really Want To Say You're Number One, Come Fight Me”

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua (left), Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua To Tyson Fury: “If You Really Want To Say You’re Number One, Come Fight Me”


WBA/IBF/WBO World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) is making one thing clear, he wants a fight against WBC Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs)!

During an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Joshua explained that Fury cannot lay claim as the best heavyweight in the world without fighting as he laid down the gauntlet, letting it be known what he desires.

“Yes, come fight me. If you really want to say you’re number one, come fight me. Let’s get it on. I’ve got the rest of the belts, so it only makes sense.

“I’m the unified heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the WBC champion. What it will prove, me and him fighting?

“There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed.

“Logically to prove yourself as number one, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua.”

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Usually a mild and reserved fighter and man, this is an extremely bold move from the fighter affectionately known as “AJ”. However, there are impending issues outside of the ring, along with business to be taken care of by both men before any possibility of the two squaring off.

First and foremost, the sport has to get back on its feet and overcome the current COVID-19 pandemic that’s affecting all sports. Joshua has an upcoming fight against the WBA mandatory Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev, while Fury is scheduled to fight a trilogy against former WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. A Joshua – Fury fight would not happen until sometime in 2021 at the earliest.

Joshua also said the sport being grounded due to COVID-19 was strangely a blessing in disguise. A coveted athlete due to his popularity and commercial appeal, he explained the pandemic has allowed him to sit down and recharge, to reflect and map out his career.

He says when boxing hopefully kicks back into full gear, he will be highly motivated and more than ready to go.

As it stands right now, a Joshua – Fury showdown for the undisputed heavyweight status would be the biggest in the sport. While barriers are preventing the fight from happening in the immediate future, Joshua’s big talk will only whet the appetite for what can only be described as a true super-fight.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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