Even though they have still to face one another in a boxing ring WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he has encountered the “real” Anthony Joshua.

Fury was speaking to Queensbury Promotions YouTube segment The Lowdown and host Dev Sahni asked the unbeaten star to explain what he meant.

“He phoned me up one day in a mood saying he’s gonna do this to me and do that to me and it didn’t fair too well for him,” Fury answered. “I told him the truth and the truth always hurts.” Fury described the three-belt champion as “not a nice person, sort of a bully”.

The world’s two leading heavyweights saw a two-fight deal against one another fall through earlier in the year after much procrastinating. With each camp pointing fingers at the other attention then turned to who they would fight instead. Joshua now defends his titles against WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in just under two weeks while Fury meets American rival Deontay Wilder for a third time on October 9 at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, live on BT Sport Box Office.

“When I come across him [Joshua] in a boxing ring I will obliterate him, and it will be an easy fight,” Fury said. “A lot easier than Deontay Wilder and that was pretty easy. That was probably one of the easiest fights I’ve ever had but AJ will be easier than that,” Fury said.