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Anthony Joshua explains why he needs to fight Tyson Fury before he retires

Joshua has explained that it is necessary for him to take on domestic rival Fury in the future, both for the sport and his own record as he searches for the biggest challenge of his heavyweight career

Hearn hopeful for Joshua v Fury bout early in 2022

Anthony Joshua has explained that he needs to fight Tyson Fury to prove just how good he is.

The 31-year-old will defend his heavyweight world titles against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk next weekend.

And the fight was called after his deal for an undisputed clash with Fury collapsed as a result of the ‘Gypsy King’ being forced to take a trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder.

But Joshua has insisted that he remains focused on securing a fight with his fellow British world champion.

“Do I need Tyson Fury on my record? I need it,” he said on the BBC 5 Live Boxing podcast. “We need it for boxing. It’s what we all need, I need it. Come on, let’s see how good I am.



Anthony Joshua is ready to take on Tyson Fury after defending his belts against Oleksandr Usyk
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“Fight good fighters and they bring out the best of you, training camp is hard. To get better is very difficult in boxing. To fight Tyson Fury is a big challenge.

“Let’s see how far I can take myself during this period. It’ll be a good challenge mentally. Not about him, but because I actually want to do well.

“When I wake up in the morning early and I’m tired, my body’s battered, I still go out and do what I do. It’s great rewards and only someone like Fury can give that to me.”

Joshua has taken on several mandatory defences during his time in the sport, defeating the likes of Kubrat Pulev, Joseph Parker and now Usyk.

But ‘AJ’ has insisted that he will be “ready” to take on his domestic rival when the time comes, but has admitted the full focus must be on his latest defence.









“Finally, finally, another one for the resume!” smiled the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight king. “What an honour it would be to fight Tyson, get another great fighter on my record, beat him, and then we would move forward.

“We know his history. He pulled out of a couple of fights, it just happens. He’s someone who pulls out of fights. Even with the Wilder situation it happened again, good luck to him though and we’ll see him some time. Whenever he’s ready, we’ll be here waiting.

“That didn’t happen, but look where we are now, Joshua versus Usyk. It’s probably bigger or just as big as that fight.”

Fury called out Joshua recently who was named as part of his five-fight plan which included a rematch with the unified heavyweight champion, in addition to a December showdown with Dillian Whyte.

And the lineal heavyweight champion has promised to “annihilate” his British rival if they meet, but has claimed that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has kept the pair from meeting “for ten years”.

But Fury has also admitted that he was “never optimistic” that the fight would happen, despite a contract being signed for the pair to meet in a showdown in Saudi Arabia this summer.



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