Anthony Joshua has sworn to’smoke’ his bitter rival Tyson Fury in the ring when they finally meet.
The WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion was set to battle fellow Briton Fury for the WBC championship before a United States arbitration in May ordered Fury to fight Deontay Wilder for the third time.
The trilogy is scheduled to take place in October in Las Vegas, while Joshua is currently preparing to face Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
Speaking on Gary Neville’s YouTube channel The Overlap, Joshua said when asked if he thought Fury did not want a fight against him: ‘He’s a fighter isn’t he? What’s the worst that can happen? You get hit. He’s been doing it for years.
‘However, I just know on my end, my management team and my promoters, we’ve done everything we can to make this happen, and as long as I’m champion I’ll compete with anyone.’
On meeting Fury regardless of if they win or lose their next fights, Joshua said: ‘Without the belts? I rate that, I rate that, that’s what I’m talking about.
‘We’ll fight 100 per cent, let’s do it. I’ll smoke that guy. I will. It’s annoying. It’s not me. It’s the other side that are letting this down. We are keen, we are ready.’