Joshua Open To Face Fury If Wilder Declines April Bout Offer

Rex Christensen
July 23, 2018

As Joshua launched the big sell for the Wembley defence of his world heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin this September, he invited Fury to accelerate his come-back in case a deal with rival champion Deontay Wilder still can not be reached for April 13.

Joshua won three of his four heavyweight titles by defeating Klitschko in April last year, however, it was Fury who inflicted the Ukrainian's first defeat in over 11 years when he upset the world to become the heavyweight champion in November 2015.

Joshua's next fight is against Russian boxer Aleksandr Povetkin in a mandatory world title fight, taking place on September 22 at Wembley Stadium.

The plan is to fight American Wilder, the WBC champion, but fellow Brit Fury could be lined up instead.

Fury, still only 29, has emerged from controversy to resume a career interrupted by depression and a drugs suspension following his world title victory over Klitschko in Germany two and a half years ago.

Fury has his next fight against Italian southpaw Francesco Pianeta, a former European champ, in Belfast on August 18.

And Joshua took a swipe at Fury's new training regime as he asked: "What does Fury do, two sessions a day?"

The Watford-born brawler, 28, said: "There's no stopping Fury from stepping up to the plate". "I don't see any reason why the Wilder fight wouldn't happen next".

"He's not in condition". He's still two stones over to when he fought [Wladimir] Klitschko.

Joshua says: 'He still need to lose another couple of stones'.

Fury weighed in at 125kg for his bout with Sefer Seferi last month
Fury weighed in at 125kg for his bout with Sefer Seferi last month

"I think Tyson can be ready by then if he wants".

"What does he do, two sessions a day?"

Joshua v Fury in a Battle of Britain between the two giants who defeated the legendary Wladimir Klischko would easily reach the 100,000 capacity to which Wembley will expand for boxing in April.

"Are you trying to be a part-time boxer and a part-time track runner? I don't believe this fight shouldn't happen next if I get past Povetkin". Focus on your gym work. "The best fighters spent more time in the gym than anywhere else".

"He was watching the Muhammad Ali documentary and thought it was Ali, Foreman and Fraser all over again", Joshua said.

"That's how I managed to beat Parker, I beat him at range, I matched him speed for speed".

"But if I want someone to win it would be Whyte because that would set up a future fight for us".

Wilder now holds the WBC heavyweight title and became the first American in nine years to become a heavyweight champion.

Most definitely he could have gotten an exemption for this fight. It's like telling a kid there is no Santa, they won't believe it.

"We were close a few times of getting it done". We've actually got months and months of history to play with to get it done so I don't see why not. "I've already signed my part of the contract". When Wilder ranted with that social media stuff "Hey man I'm signing the contract".

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