Despite his obligatory defense against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25, Anthony Joshua has his sights set firmly on a heavyweight unification fight with Tyson Fury. The WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO champion appeared to be set for a two-fight showdown with the WBC champion, but Fury will instead fight Deontay Wilder in a trilogy battle in October. The duo has been trading words through the media, with many boxing fans eager to see the Brits come through unharmed so that they can face order in early 2022. Joshua wants the potential encounter to bring out the best in Fury, who recently enjoyed a phone chat with the London 2012 Olympic Gold medallist.

"We need it for boxing," Anthony Joshua throws down the gauntlet to Tyson Fury.
Anthony Joshua

“Is it necessary for me to have Tyson Fury on my resume? I require it, “On the 5 Live Boxing podcast, Joshua told Steve Bunce.

“When you face good fighters, you bring out the best in yourself.”

Later, I added: “It’s required for boxing.

“Training camp is a challenge. Boxing is a difficult sport to improve in. Fighting Tyson Fury is a difficult task.

"We need it for boxing," Anthony Joshua throws down the gauntlet to Tyson Fury.
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“I’m going to apply that pressure to myself to improve. But it’s something that we all require, and it’s something that I require. Let’s see how excellent I am, shall we?

“Let’s see how far I can push myself throughout this time. Mentally, it’ll be an excellent test. Not because of him, but because I genuinely want to succeed.

“Even though I’m weary and my body is damaged when I get up early in the morning, I still go out and do what I do. It’s fantastic compensation, and only someone like Fury can provide it.”

"We need it for boxing," Anthony Joshua throws down the gauntlet to Tyson Fury.
Anthony Joshua

“I have certainly experienced the genuine Anthony Joshua,” Fury told Queensberry’s The Lowdown. He’s not a pleasant guy; in fact, he’s a bully.

“He’s someone who believed he was going to call my bluff. That’s the kind of guy he is.

“He called me one day in a bad mood and said he was going to do this and that to me. Let’s just say that didn’t go well for him, and he decided to give me a call, a stern warning call, out of the blue.

“I don’t believe he liked what he heard at the end of it, but there was no way he could tell me off anyway.” I just told him the truth, which always hurts.”

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