Joshua: If Fury Wants To Fight Lets Rock & Roll
Anthony Joshua is ready to stand across the ring from Tyson Fury, whenever the former champion is ready to fight.
Fury last saw the ring in September 2015 when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko, and has had well publicized issues with drugs, a now backdated two year suspension from UK Anti-Doping, and the loss of his boxing license.
The Manchester-born Fury is still awaiting a January hearing of the British Boxing Board of Control to return his professional license, but he has spent the last week telling Joshua, in several interviews and on social media, that he will be back soon to retake the titles he was forced to give up.
Speaking at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year on December 17th, Joshua told reporters that he’d notheard Fury’s latest claim that he was just a muscle-bound “carthorse” and these taunts were just “what I deal with in my industry”.
“I don’t know if he is back or what his situation is, but, as I always say, I stay consistent with what I’m doing and it’s up to him to get back on the gravy train.”
“So calling somebody out is irrelevant when you don’t know if you’re going to live up to your words.
“I’m sure he will, but at this present time he’s saying he needs warm-up fights. So tune in to what’s important and then focus on the bigger picture – that’s your strategy.”
Joshua, who beat Klitschko in his star making turn at Wembley Stadium in March, believes Fury would be better served by “working his way back” over the next two years, but, if he is in a hurry, so be it.
“If he wants to get straight in the ring with me in the summer, let’s rock and roll,” the London 2012 Olympic champion said.
“The ball is in his court but either way I’m ready to roll – I don’t mind what we do.”
In the meantime, Joshua has an appointment with a specialist to check that his nose has healed after Carlos Takam tagged him in an otherwise routine defence of his belts in October.
“It didn’t break but it had all the symptoms,” explained Joshua,
“He definitely changed its position and I was bit bunged up for a little while after.”
“But I’m going to see a specialist next week just to make sure there’s no internal damage, because obviously breathing is so important with boxing, that’s all. It’s all right.”