Joshua Happy To Fight Fury In April
With under two months until his return to the ring, Anthony Joshua is asked more about who he’ll fight on April 13th at Wembley Stadium, and not about his fight with Alexander Povetkin on September 22nd.
Joshua is looked as the favorite against the Russian challenger, and many see this as prelude to a fight with WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
The two camps have been negotiating off and on since March of this year, with both sides contending the other is dealing in bad faith, and if Wilder isn’t signed for a fight with the British star for April, he’d gladly face former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
“There’s no stopping Fury from stepping up to the plate,” Joshua said to The Sun. “If the Deontay Wilder fight didn’t happen, I would happily fight Fury.”
Fury, who is fighting his way back into shape, after three year hiatus from boxing to handle substance abuse and mental health issues, is set to face Francesco Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson’s fight in August.
“He’s still two stone over when he fought Wladimir Klitschko,” Joshua said. “Even though he’s lost weight, he’s still two stone over his peak weight. When he’s a couple pounds over, then I’ll say he’s at his peak again. Fury is not yet in condition. It’s up to him. When he’s ready, we’re ready.”
“What does Fury do, two sessions a day… I would rather do two boxing sessions a day. He’s been saying he does one boxing session and one run. Why? Are you trying to be a part-time boxer and part-time track runner? I’d say get in the gym. Focus on your gym work. The best fighters spend more time in the gym than anywhere else.”
Initial Report: The Sun