Dubai: The much-anticipated showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will not happen anytime soon, as Britain’s United heavyweight world champion announced that his next title defense against IBF-mandated challenger Kubrat Pulev will be at The O2 in London on December 12.
Fury, who was let down after talks broke down for a third fight with American Deontay Wilder, is looking for a new opponent.
Joshua told Sky Sports News ‘cold-shouldered WBC champion Fury:’ The situation with him and Wilder, now he’s in the air, what he’s doing. It’s just a little circus going on. If it’s frozen, you’ll hear it from me. Until then, I’m not really busy with the whole circus performance and I’m trying to promote my name off his back and that he does the same.
‘I definitely want to fight him, he’s a competitor in my division. A good one too. It will also give me the chance to exhibit what I am about. ”
Joshua (24 fights, 23 wins, 1 loss) regained his WBA, IBF and WBO belt when he defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December last year, less than six months after his first shock defeat to the Mexican in New York.
Joshua looked ahead to the fight against Bulgarian Pulev (29-28-1) which suffered its only defeat against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
‘I had my little slip last year (against Ruiz). We wiped it off and we got the belts back and now I’m going to get on the gravy train back and forth and fight like Fury 100 percent.
‘But without getting past Kubrat Pulev, a serious competitor and challenger, there is no question of Tyson Fury and things like that. It’s a tough game in which I participate, because like I said, it’s the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but for that I have to move through my path and Pulev is a big old heavyweight who’s in the way of the pot stands of gold, ”he added.
‘I’m still very hungry and disciplined, so I want to steam through him. It’s the fighter’s talk that comes out. That being said, it does require a lot of exercise in the gym, and that’s what training camp is all about. ”
Source: Gulf News