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Tyson Fury fight would be my biggest fight - Joshua

Tyson Fury fight would be my biggest fight - Joshua

Anthony Joshua believes a bout with Tyson Fury would be the biggest of his career and is desperate for his domestic rival to return to boxing so they can settle their differences in the ring.

IBF heavyweight champion Joshua is preparing for a blockbuster clash with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on April 29, with the vacant IBO and WBA Super belts also up for grabs.

Fury previously held the belts after causing a huge upset against Klitschko in November 2015 but has not fought since and is suspended pending a UK anti-doping hearing.

Earlier this week, the usually ice-cool Joshua could not resist biting back to Fury's barbs on Twitter, and the Briton says he is going nowhere as he waits for his rival's return.

"I think Tyson Fury [would be my biggest fight]," Joshua told reporters at his training camp in Sheffield.

"I couldn't say what his plans are. I'm not going anywhere. I'm here as a fighter. I've been disciplined, I've stayed on track.

"If it were up to me, that would have been the fight happening this summer. That's what I thought. I was planning for a massive showdown with Tyson Fury, but he had other plans and I just had to carry on. When he returns, I'm sure I'll still be here.

"Do I want him to come back? Yes, definitely." 

Fury drew a response from Joshua after labelling him a "poor man's Frank Bruno", which led to a tongue-in-cheek offer of two ringside seats for the Klitschko fight.

Joshua believes Fury showed a lack of respect and should stop focusing on the past.

"It's quite disrespectful," he added.

"If he's an all-time great then why is he worrying about who is behind him? You should focus on your future. I must be so relevant to these people that are in front of me.

"I just find it so disrespectful. He calls himself the greatest of all time, 'the GOAT'. If I was 'the GOAT' I would never worry about who is behind me. I'm leading the way.

"Twitter is about communication and it's just communicating. He addresses me and tweets me quite often and I was just in the frame of mind where I thought me and Klitschko don't have many verbals, so let me respond to Fury."

Joshua also dismissed any notion that his social-media sparring with Fury was a distraction from the task in hand against Klitschko.

"For the five minutes I was [tweeting] and then I had to go training," he said.

"But I would have gone back and forth."


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