The unified world IBO, IBF and WBA (Super) world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has shared that his promoter and the group managing director at Matchroom Sport has been in contact with the man who formerly held the three titles Joshua now holds, the undefeated Tyson Fury (25-0) about a huge blockbuster clash in 2018.
“It’s Anthony Joshua versus the world right now, I have got to fight them all!” Joshua jokingly suggested following the recent upsurge in his status and several of the standout heavyweight contenders including other champions such as Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker earmarking him as a lucrative option for their careers going forwards.
Recent progress has been made following Fury’s prolonged hiatus from the ring following testing positive for benzoylecgonine, one of the primary components in cocaine. with the British Boxing Board of Control’s general secretary Robert Smith confirming they are awaiting a speedy resolution to the issue and the wheels will be set in motion once Fury’s legal team confirms a date to resume his hearing.
The news seemed to spark the former world champion into a state of frenzy and excitement. Having been unusually quiet and reserved recently, Fury sought to update his numerous social media platforms with posts teasing his return while also directly addressing his ongoing rivalries with Anthony Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
I'm gonna stop you @anthonyfjoshua inside 8 rounds watch me go.
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 31, 2017
“Eddie has been on the phone to Tyson, trying to make things happen and support his cause. This is a fight, down the line, that might happen.” Joshua explained before saying everyone is on the page when it comes to trying to put together one of the biggest British boxing matches of all time. “Eddie is right, as a promoter it works well for him, it works well for me and I think it works well for people who want to watch me and Tyson Fury get it on.
Joshua also went on to explain the need to have a personality like Fury back in the game will only do good things for boxing, saying “I wish him the best of luck with what he’s going through because we need to see him back in the ring.” Joshua went on to say that this is a fight that is growing increasingly likely to be made down the road; “Eddie has been on the phone to Tyson, trying to make things happen and support his cause. This is a fight, down the line, that might happen.
Joshua also touched on the mandatory obligations to each of his titles and suggested they are hindering his own plans, however, Joshua once again reaffirmed his intention of not letting relinquishing any of the titles he has worked so hard to win. “When I put myself in line to become a champion, there come obligations with it” he added. “If I have a voluntary, then I can fight with who my manager and promoter work with.”
On a final note, Joshua took the opportunity to stress that once he satisfies his mandatory obligations which he has still has outstanding on the part of his WBA (Super) title; he is prepared to take on any contender in the division “If not, I have to fulfil my mandatories or, if I fight whoever I want to fight, I would have to give up the belts to be and then I can be a free man to do what I want.”