Tyson Fury guarantees to take out Anthony Joshua inside three rounds.
It wasn't long before WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury responded to Anthony Joshua's impressive round of 16 against Kubrat Pulev on Saturday.
As you can probably imagine, the words weren't kind.
"Anthony Joshua is only on live television himself," said Fury. "He was asked if he wanted the fight and he went around the bushes."
After the knockout, Joshua said his goal was to collect all the titles and if the person got in the way then "let's do it".
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But Fury found that answer unacceptable and nudged the united champion.
"I want the fight," continued Fury. "I want the fight next and I'll take him out within three rounds. He's a big bum and I can't wait to take him out."
It seems that both sides are equally interested in the fight, and there is a broad agreement that it should take place in 2021. There are still two hurdles, however. One of them is Oleksandr Usyk, who is number 1 on Joshua's WBO titles. Usyk has said several times that he's not interested in standing aside for Joshua-Fury. However, Matchroom Boxing's promoter Eddie Hearn is confident he can figure out how to navigate.
The other is Deontay Wilder, who was contracted to a third fight with Fury after being stopped in February. However, COVID-19 has postponed the date several times and, according to Fury's camp, Wilder has allowed that contract to expire. Wilder's team has suggested that the dispute could go to court if Fury fails to comply.
Even so, the framework is set for a massive showdown between British heavyweights, and both sides seem ready for this head-on collision.