Anthony Joshua has admitted he’s keen for a massive all-British heavyweight showdown against Tyson Fury (Fury 4/9, Joshua 7/4, draw 25/1 – Bouts).
The two stars appear to be on a collision course as, between them, they currently hold all the heavyweight belts.
Fury won the WBC title when he outclassed Deontay Wilder in their February rematch, extending his unbeaten record to 30-0-1, while Joshua reclaimed the IBF, WBA and WBO straps after he made amends against Andy Ruiz Jr in their second bout in December.
There is a real desire to see the two Britons go head-to-head at some point although organising what would be a mammoth showdown is not straightforward as Fury is contractually obliged to face Wilder (Fury, 2/7, Wilder 5/2, draw 25/1) for a third time, while Joshua has been told he must put his titles on the line against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev first (Joshua 1/10, Pulev 6/1, draw 33/1).
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has recently suggested Wilder could be asked to step aside to free up Fury for a shot at ‘AJ’ instead, while Pulev may also be asked to stand down to clear the path for the all-British spectacle.
And now Joshua, in an interview with Sky Sports, has admitted he would like to go up against Fury in order to establish who truly is the best heavyweight around.
Addressing Fury, he said: “If you really want to say you’re No 1, 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 No 1, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua. That fight needs to happen because there will never be another time like this again.”
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means boxing is off the agenda at the minute, of course, and it could be much later in the year before the big fights resume.