Anthony Joshua: I want to fight Fury next

Author: Boxingscene
Anthony Joshua

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury did more than enough to deserve a decision win over WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

Wilder and Fury fought last month to a controversial twelve round split draw at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Joshua would love to face either boxer next - but that's not likely to happen, as both fighters are likely going to collide in a rematch in the coming months.

Joshua is scheduled to return on April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London.

His main target for the last few months has been Wilder - but he would also love to face Fury in a stadium fight as well.

"That would be massive. I would love to," Joshua told The Graham Norton Show.

"The fight that Wilder and Fury had, I felt that Fury won, so it would be amazing to have two British heavyweights and we would be combining the belts up.

"In the eyes of a lot of people, Fury is a champion as such. We're the top three, so I would love to fight him. Even though he hasn't got a belt, it's still fighting one of the top three."

Joshua believes Wilder overlooked the abilities of Fury, who was coming back from a very long layoff.

Fury had been inactive from November 2015 to June 2018. He took part in two easy fights, and then went straight to Wilder to end off the year. He entered the ring as a heavy underdog and shocked a lot of experts with his inspiring performance. 

"Three years is a long time to take out and I think it was a good name, but he must have thought it was an easy fight, because he thought he was getting him when he was a bit cold," said Joshua.

"Tyson Fury is very talented, very skilled and showed that to the world when he boxed him, so it ended in a draw."