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ANTHONY JOSHUA insists fighting Tyson Fury would be bigger than facing Wladimir Klitschko in next week’s world heavyweight title unification blockbuster.
Unbeaten champion Joshua puts his IBF title on the line against Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at the sold out national stadium with the vacant WBA crown also at stake.
AJ and Fury have been embroiled in a Twitter war and Joshua is still seething.
And Joshua believes taking on Fury, who labelled his fellow Brit ‘A poor man’s Frank Bruno’ will be even bigger than punching veteran Klitschko into permanent retirement.
Fury has not boxed since he ripped the world heavyweight titles from a demoralised Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015 after suffering a serious breakdown that forced the Boxing Board of Control to suspend his fight licence.
Joshua said: “Do I want Fury to come back? Yes, definitely. If it were up to me, that would have been the fight happening this summer. That’s what I thought was going to happen until his problems got in the way.
“I was planning for a massive showdown with Tyson Fury, but he had other plans and I just had to carry on.
“When he returns, I’m sure I’ll still be here and as for calling me a poor man’s Frank Bruno, that was very disrespectful of him.
“If Fury is the all-time great he says he is, then why is he worrying about who is behind him? You should focus on your future.
“I must be so relevant to these people that are in front of me. I just find it so disrespectful. He calls himself the greatest of all time, the GOAT. If I was the GOAT I would never worry about who is behind me. I’m leading the way.”
Fury, who was also busted for taking banned substances, has ballooned to over 20stone since his stopped boxing.
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And Joshua took another swipe at his rival when he added: “I’ve offered him a couple of tickets at ringside for the Klitschko fight but told him not to bring anyone else as he’d need both seats for his fat arse.
“I offered him some tickets for my last fight at the 02 in London and he didn’t show up, I don’t think he’ll show this time either.
“I couldn’t say what his plans are but I’m not going anywhere. I’m here as a fighter. I’ve been disciplined, I’ve stayed on track. I’m waiting for him and when, if it happens I’ll be ready.”
Joshua rarely gets involved in slagging off other fighters on social media but revealed he gave into temptation as far as Fury is concerned, revealing:
“Fury addresses me and tweets me quite often and I was just in the frame of mind where I thought ‘Me and Klitschko don’t have much verbals, so let me respond to Fury.”
And when AJ was asked if he would take great pleasure in giving Fury a proper pasting, he just laughed.