Anthony Joshua had a simple message for Tyson Fury as rumors of their eagerly anticipated fight increased: “Less talk, more action.”
The IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion has once again reiterated his desire to fight the Gypsy King next year, but says he’s had enough of flirting with the idea and just wants it sorted out.
The couple arranged for a duel for next year with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealing that there are only a few minor details to be ironed out before a potential fight in May or June.
The British had met before, when Joshua was 20 and still making his way as an amateur boxer when Fury offered his Rolex as a reward if he could sweat it out.
He then showed the uppercuts he plays to opponents and, after a win against Kubrat Pulev, explained that they were in honor of Mike Tyson.
Speaking to the Guardian, Joshua said Fury “knows about my uppercut. He’s known about it since I was .
“Trust me, he knows what’s next. All I wanted was his Rolex watch [because] he said before that ball, “If you can beat me or knock me out, you can get my Rolex.” It was a good ball and I didn’t really know too much. It was just a passion. Now I have some boxing IQ with my passion, it’s going to be a great fight. “
Fury suggested that Joshua evade questions about the prospect of fighting him after AJ’s all-out victory over Pulev earlier this month.
But Joshua, 31, believes Fury can’t be further from the border, claiming he just wants to get in the ring with his 32-year-old opponent, not chase the fight through the media.
He told iFL TV: “Less talk, more action. I talked about everything.
“I can’t believe I chased Deontay Wilder’s fight last year before Andy Ruiz … I chased so much, people told me I was bending him down and didn’t want to fight my best, and he came out on his social media saying he made a lucrative offer …
“It simply came to my notice then that I was not chasing them anymore. Until it gets serious, I don’t go around trying to prove myself.
“After that fight [against Pulev] I didn’t even want to interview … I’m tired of talking, talking, talking. I said ‘if Tyson Fury has a WBC belt, let me fight Tyson Fury.’
“If he’s the best in the division, let’s go. In my career, I have fought with about six or seven champions, and he will be another on my list.
“He speaks more, less action … whatever he does, he is a fighting man. He’s not afraid to fight me, none of us are afraid, but let’s not use that as an opportunity to profile each other from behind, we’re just fighting. The fight is big enough as it is. I don’t have to belittle him or anything like that. “
In his amateur days, an expensive watch was on offer, but now is the opportunity to be the undisputed heavyweight champion.
Joshua admitted that Fury would be a very big test, but he is very confident in his ability to fight an undefeated heavyweight.
“I was hungry then, and now I’m even hungrier. There was a Rolex [on offer then] but now there is an even bigger pot of gold at the end of this rainbow and I want to take his head off his shoulder when that fight happens. I’m sure I’ll win. ”